Guide to the French Court Subdivision (Giles County, Va.) Plat and Advertisement, 1939

Summary Information

Title: French Court Subdivision (Giles County, Va.) Plat and Advertisement, 1939
Collection: AC.352
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (2 rolled storage boxes)
Abstract:

Two copies of a 58" x 19" (147cm x 49cm) plat drawn in 1939 and a flier advertising the sale of lots document the proposed development of the French Court subdivision in Giles County, Va. between the town of Narrows and the Celco Plant, a cellulose acetate manufacturing facility constructed in 1939.

Creator: French, C.J.; Givens, Ellene F.

Biographical/Historical Note

The French Court subdivision was to be developed between the town of Narrows (Giles County, Va.) and the Celco Plant*, a cellulose acetate manufacturing facility that opened in Narrows, Va., in 1939. 

*The Celco Plant was commonly called the Celanese Plant. Route 641, a state highway that led to the new manufacturing facility, that borders French Court, and runs along the Virginian Railway, was also named Celanese Road. In the 1920s, Celanese was introduced as artificial silk; its name is a combination of the words "cellulose" and "ease."

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a flier advertising the sale of 40 lots and two copies of a 58" x 19" (147 x 49cm) plat of the French Court subdivision to be developed between the town of Narrows (Giles County, Va.) and the Celco Plant*, a cellulose acetate manufacturing facility that opened in Narrows, Va., in 1939. A list of restrictions and covenants in effect for a period of thirty (30) years from July 29, 1939 appears on the plat. The notarized signatures of land owners Mr. C.J. French and Mrs. Ellene F. Givens also appear. On one copy, annotations in pencil appear recto and verso; no pencil annotations appear on the other copy.

*The Celco Plant was commonly called the Celanese Plant. Route 641, a state highway that led to the new manufacturing facility, that borders French Court, and runs along the Virginian Railway, was also named Celanese Road. In the 1920s, Celanese was introduced as artificial silk; its name is a combination of the words "cellulose" and "ease."

Arrangement

Original order of this collection is maintained.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection from Bookworm and Silverfish in September 2006. Its accession number is 06-60. It was opened to the public in October 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, October 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, October 2006; Finding aid updated by Simms Toomey, February 2010.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection 352. French Court Subdivision (Giles County, Va.) Plat, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Box  
1 of 2   Plat with pencil annotations recto and verso
Box  
2 of 2   Plat with no pencil annotations
Folder  
1 of 1   Flier, "French Court to be Sold: 40 Lots." Housed with small collections.