Sperryville: F.T. Valley Store welcomes old and new

The official celebration of Beverly Samuels’ return to running the F.T. Valley Grocery store was held on Saturday with a special “welcome back to the old timers.” Great stories were shared about the times that National Public Radio broadcast from the store, TV crews filming the famous and not so famous who visited every morning, especially Sundays, for the best coffee around and the best conversations in the county. Back in the day, it was the gathering spot of the county.

From left, Shenandoah Pride members Danny Seabolt, Rodney Seabolt and Vincent Rice flank owner Beverly Samuels. Photo by Gail Swift.

A steady crowd of old and new customers were entertained by Shenandoah Pride. Great down-home cooking was ever-present, much of it by Michelle Jenkins and her sister Chrissie — who started working at the store when she was 12.

Samuels says she plans to have music jams continue at the store; watch this column for dates and times as she gets them scheduled.

There have only been four owners of the F.T. Valley Store: Harry Brown, who sold it to Harvey and Julia Gordon; the Gordons then sold the store to Samuels’ mother, Wilma Burke, who ran the store for 23 years. Samuels bought the store several years ago from her mother, and after having rented it out for a short time, she is now back with her famously warm and welcoming smile.

Shenandoah, Sperryville Pride
Speaking of Shenandoah Pride, Danny Seabolt and his band now have a demo CD, so watch for their great music being available in the near future! Many have heard the group play at the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s pickin’ parties. Shenandoah Pride is the pride of Sperryville.

SVFD pickin’ parties
Mark your calendar for May 1 – when the pickin’ party is back at Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy great music, great food and raffles — and help support our all-volunteer fire department. To volunteer to help with the event, please call Michelle Jenkins at 540-987-9440.