Quick Stop, closed, near Waverly, Va.

Davalier Quick Stop, west of Waverly, Va.  Photo by Andy Brack.

Cavalier Quick Stop, west of Waverly, Va. Photo by Andy Brack.

It doesn’t take long while driving the rural roads of the Southern Crescent to encounter an old country store or joint like the Cavalier Quick Stop about four miles northwest of Waverly, Va., off U.S. Highway 460.

Waverly, which had 2,149 residents in 2010 (160 fewer than 10 years earlier), is in rural Sussex County, a heartland of Virginia’s famous peanuts.  Sussex County, which had more than 20 percent of people living in poverty in 2000, has some 15.6 percent of people in poverty as of the 2010 Census.  About 60 percent of the county’s residents are black.

Copyrighted photo taken July 23, 2013, by Andy Brack, Center for a Better South. All rights reserved.