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Miles B. Carpenter K-308 | Marker History

Miles B. Carpenter Marker, K-308

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.

Marker Information:
Additional Information: Original Marker Replaced under Replacement Marker Program using Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) Funds. A Federal program enacted into law in 1998.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/19/08
Year On Marker: 2008
Region: Southside Region
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.
GPS Location: 37.037645,-77.093882
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