In the same year that he built his
house, Mr. Cootes built a storeroom in connection with his dwelling. Ever since that time
there has been a store here under the firm name of Cootes and Son.
The population is about fifty. There are two stores, a blacksmith shop,
general repair shop and garage. Dr. E. G. Hall is the resident physician.
There are two churches. Four denominations, the Methodist, United
Brethren, Baptist and Reformed
are represented here. There is a graded school with an enrollment
of about one hundred.
The place had a little skirmish in the Civil War. Here was the
headquarters for the picket divisions guarding Brocks Gap. The union army was preparing to
camp here when Rossers army came and drove them off. The bridge was burnt at that
time. There was a company made up from this section known as the Brock Gap Riflemen,
commanded by John Q. Winfield of Broadway.
Not many other little villages in the Shenandoah Valley are more
beautifully located. It is only about a half mile from Brocks Gap which is noted for its