Charlottesville Hardware Fire, 1909

PastedGraphic-18Yesterday’s fire at historic Frager’s Hardware Store on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. reminded us of our own historic hardware store in Charlottesville which suffered a massive fire in 1909.

A news story at the time reported that the hardware store had both fuel and dynamite in stock, only adding to the catastrophe.This photograph was taken while the ashes were still smoldering.

Last year, CHIL acquired several rare photographs of the aftermath of the fire which we will share later this year at one of our monthly slideshows.


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