Olives Store & Railway
by Jim Reamy
(Colonial Beach, VA)
I can remember as a kid about 12 years old going to Olives Store at 407 Wirt Street, and buying a dozen blood worms for $.50, then walking down to the dock at the water plant at Robin Grove Lane and Wirt Street. The fishing and crabbing was great. There was no fence around the water plant. Mr. Olive had a railway next to the store that had railroad tracks going down in to the Monroe Bay, and a Ford model A motor used to pull the boats up on shore to be worked on. I believe those rails can still be seen on a very low tide. The store has long since been converted to a residence. Ah, they were the good old days.
Katrina's Reply: Jim, thanks for sharing! Those are some great memories of Colonial Beach.