Miles B. Carpenter (1889-1985) moved to a Sussex County peanut farm from Pennsylvania in 1902. He entered the lumber business in 1912 with a planing mill and sawmill. When business slowed during World War II, he whittled figures but did not carve in earnest until the 1960s, when his watermelons, peanut men, and whimsical monsters earned him a national reputation as a folk artist. Carpenter's woodcarvings reflected the influence of Sussex County's two major industries: lumber and peanuts.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/19/08
Year On Marker: 2008
Geographic Location: Sussex County
Physical Description of Location: Southwest corner of intersection between N County Drive (US 460) and Hunter Street, Waverly, VA 23890. Marker is on right when traveling east on US 460.
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