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History of Virginia's Heartland Regional Visitor Center and Transportation Heritage Museum

A fine example of early 20th Century architecture, the Moore Building has been renovated and serves as the VIRGINIA’S HEARTLAND REGIONAL VISITOR CENTER & TRANSPORTATION HERITAGE MUSEUM. As such it provides a regional visitor center for the area promoting tourist attractions through out the region. Renovations to the Moore Building included a visitor information area, office space, a meeting room, restrooms and kitchenette and two exhibit halls downstairs. Upstairs includes three additional offices and restroom. Other development activities included the construction of concrete walks, a handicap ramp, steps, curb cuts, installation of trail blazing signs, installation of historic lighting and installation of bike racks. In addition, landscape and gateway plantings have been performed in order to enhance the quality of the historic district atmosphere.

In 2002 Prince Edward County received $200,000 in Transportation Equity Act (TEA-21) funding for the Moore Building . . . Following in 2004, Prince Edward County received an additional $75,000 towards this project. The building was renovated by J. E. Jamerson & Sons from Appomattox and Robert Winthrop & Associates was the architect. Construction on the project was completed in April of 2004.

Before and After photos of Virginia's Heartland Regional Visitor Center & Transportation Heritage Museum

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Located on the "Driving Tour of the Route of Lee’s Retreat" and the "Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail" the Moore Building enhances the historic district of Farmville and enables the community to share its rich heritage with visitors by providing space for a variety of exhibits. Future special exhibits will include railroad history, bridge history, waterways, roadways, the spirit of Main Street and the launch of automobiles, which would include information on Dr. R. L. Hudgins, initial owner of the Moore Building, and the first person in Farmville to own an automobile. The Heartland Regional Visitor Center & Transportation Heritage Museum can be located at 121 East Third Street in Historic downtown Farmville, Virginia.

The Moore Building, a 2 story brick Classical Revival foursquare, was originally built as a residence sometime around 1915. The hipped roof is covered in slate, and has 2 attic dormers. The overhangs are broad, with the entablature containing dental blocks. At the rear of the main 2 story block is a one-story brick section with a very shallow hipped, standing seam tin roof. Detailing indicates this addition to have been built at the same time as the main structure. Of note is the fine main entrance with leaded glass elliptical fanlight and sidelights. Exterior trims of all openings on the 2-story structure have brick jack arches with stone keys and corner blocks

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