Peter Jones Trading Station
Peter Jones Trading Station was built during the middle of the 17th century by Peter Jones I and his father-in-law Major General Abraham Wood. The building is known variously as Peter Jones Trading Station, Peter Jones Trading Post, and Old Stone Lumberhouse; but it is only one of the structures that made up the trading complex within the village, which began as Fort Henry.
This location served as a supply and administrative depot at the frontier for various exploratory and trade ventures to the west and southwest. The area to the immediate west was laid out as the town of Petersburg in December of 1738.
The building, which was used to store trade goods, is a massive, rubble-stone structure with stone walls approximately 2’8” thick at the basement level. About two-thirds of the stone walls and a chimney with two fireplaces still stand. Several fires and reconstructions over many years have changed the appearance and use of this building.
The building Old photographs show the remains of a block and-tackle arrangement to lift goods from one story to another. The goods could be moved easily by cart down the hill to rudimentary docks to be transported downstream. Goods acquired from the Indians and settlers were brought back here by the traders for sale and shipping principally to England.