Scottish Factor Store/Visitor’s Center

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Scottish Factor Store/Visitor’s Center

The 1766, James Mills Scottish Factor Store, is one of only two structures remaining in the United States exemplifying the colonial trade pattern of exchanging tobacco for various items imported from Europe. During the 18th century, in an era when paper money and coins were almost non-existent, tobacco growers brought their crop to the factor store where they could trade it for finished goods from Europe. The tobacco was stored in hogsheads (large barrels) weighing over 1,000 pounds when filled and was housed in warehouses where they sat until ships from England picked them up.

The 1755 John Mitchell Map is the focus of one of the exhibits here. As one of the earliest maps drawn of the 13 Colonies of America, it was used to negotiate the treaties between Britain and the United States that ended the Revolutionary War. This beautifully drawn map takes up an entire wall and is quite spectacular to see. Early colonial towns, Indian territories and detailed topography, bring to life the earliest descriptions of what would become these United States. Other exhibits include the "Oyster is King" display featuring a broad look at the role oysters have played in Urbanna's past and present.

Be sure the Scottish Factor Store is a part of your visit!