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The C.C. Minor House on Lee Street: On the second...

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The C.C. Minor House on Lee Street:
On the second day of the Johnson Land Purchase, July 1871, Jacob R. Crumley purchased lots 150, 151, and 152. These lots stood at the corner of Lee Street and Mary Street in Bristol, Virginia. Dr. C. C. Minor purchased lots 150 and 151, total 5/8 of an acre from the Town of Goodson in Apri1, 1879. Shortly thereafter, in January 1880, a lawsuit concerning payment of the property was filed. In these court documents, there is mention of a house on the property in question.
Dr. C. C. Minor was one of the pioneers in Bristol's history and was founder of the Minor Drug store. Dr. Minor, son of W. L. Minor, moved to Bristol in 1862 from Hollins, Virginia. During the final periods of the Civil War, he and his kin underwent numerous hardships. Following the war, Dr. Minor managed to see his way clear to go to Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. When he completed his courses there, he returned to Bristol and taught school for several years. Not satisfied with the meager income of a school teacher, Dr. Minor conceived the idea of going into the drug business. He opened a small store (1882) on the present site of the Cowan-Grant Company. At this time, he was past forty years of age, and after several "struggling years," the business grew into an established firm. Albenia Minor, wife of C. C. Minor, died intestate, leaving as sole heir Mary Lucie Crockett. The property was sold in 1934 to the First National Bank of Bristol, and many owners followed.
The house that now stands at 522 Lee Street is owned by Gary and Robin Bagnell. The house originally faced Mary Street. It is this portion of the house that is described in court documents. This 1879 structure consisted of four rooms, three handmade brick fireplaces, wide Poplar flooring, and an indoor staircase. The placing of the staircase was discovered by the current owners in 1996 while remodeling the upstairs back room. Under the layers of linoleum were, again, the beautiful wooden boards, and in the corner of the room was evidence of the staircase. The kitchen was detached and was located in the back of the house. The two over two Victorian portion, now facing Lee Street, was added to the existing structure in about 1881. This segment contained four more fireplaces, and the ceilings were raised. A cantilever staircase (which has been altered) with a beautiful crown molding was included also. The original color of the house was a golden mustard yellow with deep green accents on the exterior bull’s-eyes. Two of the more interesting sites are the eves of the house which have carvings of the sun and the pigeon blood stained glass over the front door. The original porch was much larger than the current porch and had much turned detail work. Unfortunately, this was removed several years ago due to structural problems.
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The C.C. Minor House on Lee Street: On the second day of the Johnson Land Purchase, July 1871, Jacob R. Crumley purchased lots 150, 151, and 152. These lots stood at the corner of Lee Street and Mary Street in Bristol, Virginia. Dr. C. C. Minor purchased lots 150 and ...

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The BRISTOL HISTORY has been up and running for nine years. It was the first to be dedicated to the overall history of the city and preceded by the FB FANS OF BUNTINGS DRUG STORE, who's administrator died a short time later. In 2008 we felt there was interest in a broader dedicated to the Twin-Cities and BRISTOL HISTORY was begun. Founding administrator Gary Rose retired from the but BRISTOL HISTORY continues with current administrators Tim Buchanan, Jessie Manuel and Fred South. The is associated with the Bristol Historical Association, with whom I am the 2017 president. The will continue in a similar form but with new material, special columns and reports on historical projects and events throughout our city. If it's happening we'll make an effort to let you know about it. A PAGE is open to the general public and we welcome you to take a peek, post photographs and stories, ask questions and let others know what is going on in the city. Tim BuchananIt is my desire that this site may be used as an open classroom to learn, debate, share, and enjoy the stories about the people and events that have made Bristol a "Good Place to Live"

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1 Comment on "The C.C. Minor House on Lee Street: On the second...":

Monday, March 12th, 2018
There was a W D Minor in Bristol as early as 1865. Not sure of his avocation...a store owner of some type...bore out by his address being in the Nickels House by 1868. I show C C Minor entering the drug store business in 1889 on the SE cor of Main n 5th Sts...by 1905 he is at 417 State. In 1923 he is at 600 State St. Date not researched when Minor's moved to 6th St...but the drug store went out of business in 1990.

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