Onancock: Outlaw Blacksmith Shop

If you are ever in Onancock, turn onto Boundary Avenue to see the restored Samuel T. Outlaw blacksmith shop.

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The Samuel T. Outlaw Blacksmith shop of Onancock, Virginia is described in the 2009 pictorial book, Images of America series, Accomack County, by Tom and Curtis Badger.  The description:

 

Samuel T. Outlaw was a well-known resident of Onancock for many years.  A native of Windsor, North Carolina, he was born in 1899 and attended what now is Hampton University, graduating with the class of 1925.  He came to the Eastern Shore in 1926 and began a blacksmith shop on Boundary Avenue.  He worked as a furrier and did metalwork on strawberry wagons when local farmers depended upon horse power, and later he did a wide variety of welding and metal repair work.  Projects ranged from boat rudders and crab scrapes to fabrication and repair of farm and garden equipment.  He was the last full-time blacksmith in Accomack County and was a prominent member of the community.  He served as clerk of the Bethal AME Church for 46 years and was Sunday school superintendent for 58 years.  He passed away in 1994 at 95 years of age.  His Boundary Avenue blacksmith shop is now a museum.

The book includes a photograph of Samuel Outlaw, so be sure to look for it.

Linda Duyer

Images of America Accomack County

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