2508-2522 East Main Street
Built, circa 1870
A self-made man from YooVeeA.
J. N. Cullingworth, tobacco manufacturer of 2508 to 2522 East Main Street, began in the business as an employee in 1870, and by intelligent application to it he has built up one of the largest establishments of the city. He is the sole proprietor now of a factory employing 250 hands, having capacity to produce 2,000,000 pounds and sales of 1,250,000 to 1,500,000 pounds a year.
His specialties are twist, light pressed and other prevailing styles of plug, and his output is largely exported. He has, however, an excellent trade in Pennsylvania and other Eastern States and California. His leading brands are the “King Phillip,” “Man’s Companion,” “Bright Mars,” and “Trumps Long Cut”. ” This “Trumps” brand is fast becoming the standard goods of the East. He manufactures also private brands for the trade to order.
Mr. Cullingworth is a native of the city, a graduate of the University of Virginia, has been a journalist, and is conspicuous for his activity in church work, especially that of the First Presbyterian congregation. He is a director of the Manchester Paper Twine Company, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. [RVCJ93]
Like many Richmond businessmen of this era, J. N. Cullingworth served in the Confederate forces, first as a Private in 1st Company, Richmond Howitzers Virginia Light Artillery, and later as a Lieutenant in Haskell’s Battalion, C.S. Artillery. By the end of the war, he was part of Lee’s forces that made it to Appomattox, where he was paroled. (Find A Grave)
As to his former place of business, it’s unclear when the factory building came down, but today it’s a parking lot at the foot of Church Hill, home to a set of tasty food trucks.
(J. N. Cullingworth is part of the Atlas RVA Project)
- [RVCJ93] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1893.
- [RVCJ03] Richmond, Virginia: The City on the James: The Book of Its Chamber of Commerce and Principal Business Interests. G. W. Engelhardt. 1903.
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