1920's Country Store Burns Down in Charlotte Co.

Charlotte Co., VA - An old country store in Charlotte County that meant a lot to a lot of people is now gone. The Stewart Adams Store in Red Oak burned down Sunday morning.

There were a lot of valuables stored in that building - a Harley Davidson motorcycle, tons of antiques and more. The store had actually been closed for a while, but the owner had planned on re-opening it. The loss of this store has been tough on the whole community.

"A lot of sad faces today, a lot of sad faces," said Will Stembridge, assistant chief at the Bacon District Fire Department.

Not much is left of the Stewart Adams store in Red Oak, at least not in the physical.

"It was a popular place," said Mathew Freeman, whose dad owns the store.

Stewart Adams store was built in the 1920's. Freeman's father currently owns the building and stored his antiques there.

"My dad made this table," said Freeman as he pointed to a table in the store.

Freeman says it was his father's dream to reopen the store. He remembers hearing the stories about how Stewart ran it long ago.

"He used to like having a lot of fun and party and there was a bar counter and everyone would come buy their beer here and stay here and drink it. It was just a good time," said Freeman.

A day after the fire, a passersby stopped by to share their condolences and a few memories of their own.

"I came here as a child," said Stembridge. "They just came here to hang out, to talk and have good times. It was just a place in the community that people could go."

Stembridge's last memory of Stewart's is putting the fire out. Even though it hadn't been up and running like it once had, folks in red oak are still sad to see it go.

"It was just an icon in the community that you won't get to see anymore," said Stembridge.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Freeman says they did not have insurance on the store, but hope to schedule a benefit to help with the loss - and maybe one day rebuild.