Evergreen Magazine 
Articles written in 1921 by students of Cootes Store Schoolhouse, Rockingham County, Virginia

Cootes Store
The Landscape
The Way It Was
The School
Hunting & Fishing
First Graders
The Students
Cootes Home
Cootes & Co.
Family Bible 1
Family Bible 2
Flood of 1936
Cootes Store 1999
Chimney Rock 1999
Gap Rock 1999
Samuel Cootes
Cootes Deeds (1821 to 1881)
1885 Map



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Cootes Store

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Katie Funkhouser, 15 

In 1834 Samuel L. Cootes, who came from Pennsylvania to Harrisonburg then to Turleytown where he stayed a year, moved to this place now known as Cootes Store.

This section at that time was grown up with timber so that it was impossible to erect a building without clearing the land. The main part of the Cootes house now is the building erected by him. It is log, lathed and plastered on the outside. This was erected for a dwelling. He also built a store room in connection with the house.

A general store was opened under the name of Samuel L. Cootes. He would drive to Baltimore to buy his stock of goods, and haul them from there. He was the sole owner of the business until his son Dr. John G. Cootes became a partner. The business was conducted under the firm name of Samuel L. Cootes & Son until the father retired. He then devoted his time to the services of his state and county.

Soon after opening business Samuel Cootes was appointed postmaster,. the office being kept in the store. Dr. John Cootes continued the business after his father’s death and later took in as partner his son Samuel L. Cootes. They conducted the business for some years under the name of J. G. Cootes & Son. He moved the store across the road where it now stands. When his son married the partnership was dissolved and the business continued under the name of the father J. G. Cootes.

In 1895 the Cootes Store property was sold to John G. Cootes’s sons, E. A. and W. N. Cootes. The store is now owned by E. A. Cootes who has as partner his son D. F. Cootes.

There was another storehouse and dwelling erected across the road from this store in 1897. It was rented to J. P. Wittig of Dovesville, Virginia who did a general merchandise business, also in lumber, ties, etc. for some years. Wittig then sold to D. M. Shoemaker, a Rural Route mail carrier. The property was then purchased by E. A. Cootes and afterwards sold to Brenneman Bros. who set up a general merchandise store and are still doing business at the present time.

The above stores are the only stores that have been conducted in this place. It is remarkable that the same firm name should continue for almost a century. It is said that more goods have been sold from the Cootes Store than any other store in Rockingham County.