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The Old Stone Bakery: 1927

The Old Stone Bakery: 1927

Circa 1927. "Old Stone Bakery, Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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I vote same building

See image: allowing for the inevitable replacement of some of the stone blocks over the years, it would be pretty surprising for the indicated stones to be the same on two different buildings.

A Second Look ... a different building?

If the Google Street View is the same building as the circa 1927 original photo, the building has been extensively rebuilt. The stone work on the end is different. The easiest place to see this is above the attic/second floor window and to the right of the window. The foundation may well be different too. Of course the Street View version has a second dormer window, too, but that doesn't prove anything since dormers can be added fairly easily.

Maybe a second similar building was built by the same builder or maybe the same plans were used.

Or a doppelganger?

Unless they completely rebuilt the end wall, that's not the same building -- look at the pattern of the stones, there are some pretty significant differences.

Of course, maybe they had to -- the lintel above the double window is cracked, looks like it's about to drop through which would have taken out several courses above it, maybe all the way up to the roofline.

Watch out kids!

There's some poison ivy climbing the walls right by you guys...

A survivor!

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