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Iron Bound Motor Court, Williamsburg, Virginia

This image shows the buildings and restaurant that made up the Iron Bound Motor Court and Restaurant.

Published by Henry H. Ahrens, P. O. Box 2663, Charlotte, N. C.

Published by Henry H. Ahrens, P. O. Box 2663, Charlotte, N. C.

The description states:

IRON BOUND MOTOR COURT

AAA Recommended

Williamsburg’s Outstanding Court. Restaurant on Premises. Twin and Double Beds. All Private Baths. Steam Heat. Telephone 1131.

1218 Richmond Road, U. S. 60Z

Within city limits,

WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA

–This is a pretty typical example of the second generation of motels, where the once free-standing cottages are merged into a single building with independent entrances on to a common parking lot. The presence of a restaurant on site was a significant amenity in areas where the motel was not near a population center, which is not the case here.

This card likely dates from the 1940s.

Jenson’s Motel and Dining Room, Providence Forge, Virginia

This image shows the grounds and restaurant that made up the Jenson’s Motel and Dining Room complex in Providence Forge, Virginia.

Natural Color Post Card Made in the U.S.A. by E.C. Krupp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

Natural Color Post Card Made in the U.S.A. by E.C. Krupp Co., Milwaukee, Wis.

The description states:

JENSON’S MOTEL AND DINING ROOM

Completely furnished 1-2 & 3 room cottages with private baths, also rooms in private home. Telephone Providence Forge 591 or write for reservations.

Mr. And Mrs. V. E. JENSON, Owners

On U.S. 60, Halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg at PROVIDENCE FORGE, VA.

–This is a very typical first generation motel, as the buildings are unique and separate, with the addition of lodgings in a private house, much like the bed and breakfast inns of the current day. The restaurant would have been a popular amenity when the motel was not close to a population center.

This card likely dates from the 1940s.

Payne’s Motor Court, Fredricksburg, Virginia

This image shows a typical second generation motel, with a single continuous building instead of separate cottages. There are a minimum of amenities beyond the room itself. It was located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

FULLCOLOR POSTCARDS PRODUCED BY NATIONWIDE SPECIALTY CO., ARLINGTON, TEXAS

FULLCOLOR POSTCARDS PRODUCED BY NATIONWIDE SPECIALTY CO., ARLINGTON, TEXAS

The description states:

PAYNE’S MOTOR COURT

Located on U. S. #1 — 2 — 17 — Built in 1950.

Modern with hot water heat.

In Virginia’s most historical city,

FREDRICKSBURG, VIRGINIA

Telephone 687-J

Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Payne

–This structure seems to have been demolished some time ago. This postcard, noting the original construction date, must date from the 1950s.