|Poplar Hall||The Café||Building History||Farmville and the Civil War||About the Owners|
|Play the video below for a quick tour of Poplar Hall . . . .|
Poplar Hall is reputed to be the oldest commercial building in Historic Farmville and after a colorful past is now home to an antique shop and café.
The shop is a great destination for people looking for that special item to either compliment their home, complete their special collection or select that perfect gift.
Our store sells affordable classic furniture pieces and interesting collectibles which we bring into the store on a regular basis to provide a wide variety for our customers.
The recently opened Café is a popular new addition which featured fresh and tasty food to add to the enjoyment of our customers who visit Poplar Hall and Farmville.
|Location: Poplar Hall, 308 N. Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901|
|Antique Shop Hours:|
|11am to 5:00pm Monday thru Saturday|
|Contact Poplar Hall Antique Center|
|email: Jessica Lehman|
|The Café hours:|
|11am to 5:00pm, Monday thru Thursday|
|10am to 8:30pm Friday and Saturday.|
|Contact The Café at Poplar Hall|
|email: Chas Stetson|
We love food, good food, and we want to share our love of good food with our guests.
We believe good food is prepared with care and love. We utilize some of the best ingredients in the world and conveniently enough most of them are found right here in Farmville.
We would be doing a great disservice if we ignored the beautiful farmland surrounding our area, we use locally sourced organic ingredients from some of these wonderful farms.
We are working to build strong ties to our community because we believe a unified Downtown Farmville will only make our guest’s experience all that much better.
The Antique Center and Café are located in historic Farmville,
The building is approximately 160 years old and still bears scars on the brick façade at the front of the building where cannon balls struck the building.
On the 5th and 6th of April, 1865, the noise and commotion of war approached Farmville from the East as Union troops marched in pursuit of Lee retreating west towards Lynchburg.
During the retreat, Lee’s troops fired artillery rounds from the nearby Appomattox River striking the front of the Tavern then located in the Poplar Hall building.
The rounds hit directly between the second floor windows scarring the brick facing of the building that can be still seen to this day.
It is believed that both Lee and Grant spent time in the building immediately prior to the surrender in nearby Appomattox, (27 miles - 30 minutes) where "Our Nation Reunited"
|FARMVILLE AND THE CIVIL WAR|
The town of Farmville is close to Sailor’s Creek where the
Generals Lee and Grant stayed in the old hotel which used to be located next to our Poplar Hall building. Farmville is also a short drive from the town of Appomattox, location of the surrender signing.
The town has two universities, Hampden Sydney College, the oldest all male school in the country, and Longwood University, part of the Virginia state school system.
The atmosphere in the town is that of a growing community with its many students, visitors and varied residents. Downtown has some of the best shopping in Virginia with over a dozen buildings that make up Green Front Furniture, as well as art galleries, antique shops, gift shops and restaurants.
Walking, biking, or running
the recently opened trail to historic High Bridge is a wonderful
way to enjoy the countryside and get some exercise.
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|ABOUT THE OWNERS|
Nathan and Dianne Bozarth have owned Poplar Hall since 2008.
Back when they bought the building it needed a lot of work and was an ideal ‘project’ for Nathan who brought his expertise as a mechanical engineer with years of experience supervising large construction projects in Washington, DC., and overseas to bear in rehabbing the historical building. It’s still a work in progress.
For many years Nathan’s sideline hobby has been investing in real estate properties which he fixes up and sells or rents. Dianne is a former Olympian and British national figure skating champion who came to the US to pursue her professional skating career. Later she became an executive with the federation which represents computer professionals in this country and abroad.
In the early 90’s she switched directions and got her real estate broker’s license and opened her own business in that field. Since opening the antique shop, and more recently the café, both Nathan and Dianne have enjoyed gathering a unique and interesting inventory of items for sale in the shop.
Their philosophy is to give great service and value to each customer and to make the shop and café a fun, enjoyable place to visit – and hopefully they’ll come back to see us!
Although Nathan and Dianne live in Northern Virginia they enjoy spending a lot of their time in Farmville which they feel has so much to offer with its interesting history, two colleges, great shopping, and friendly hospitable people.
|Champion||Olympian||Dianne and Nathan||Poplar Hall|