During this journey to find more information about our little boxes, I have always thought it would be a great idea to travel to Altavista, VA to speak with people in the town founded by the Lane family. Perhaps who better to help me than those that made the boxes?
For decades, Altavista was the center of the Lane Cedar Chest and furniture world. The Lane family/company build a huge factory there and many of the townspeople over the years worked there. Many of our little boxes have the town name branded into the lid. Sadly, word is the factory is being dismantled and many of the former workers are aging – into retirement – and much of the first-hand knowledge of the Lane factory is being lost. Perhaps in another post I will talk about the history of Lane and Altavista in more detail.
But, for now, let me tell you what I have done. Rather than travel to Altavista, I decided to pick up the phone and start calling. Fortunately I have been able to connect directly with folks in the town that believe they can help in my quest. And, more importantly, they are enthusiastic to help!
So, hopefully soon, as resources across the country from me (I’m in Phoenix) are gathered and organized, I will have answers to questions that I have been pursuing – especially about the chronology and age of all of the variations I have documented on this blog.
Don’t ask me why it took me so long to call Altavista – mental block I guess.
Help me Altavista,Virginia you are my only hope!