Route 151, near Lowestown, Virginia: At first, I was suspicious that Roberts' Store was the stage set where they shoot kitschy "country crafts" calendar illustrations. But the building is genuine, down to the rusty sign that advertises Coca-Cola in a thick-as-a-greenglass-telephone-insulator bottle. The only false note is the stove on the porch, which is too modern to be picturesque.
Roberts' probably went out of business when Route 151 was by-passed by divided, high speed Route 29. Ironically, new-found isolation has probably preserved this store and a dozen of Ropute 151's other ancient business buildings, as Jiffy Lubes, and fast food steadily spread out the arteries from nearby Charlottesville.