From a 2014 article on the town:
For the first half of the 20th century, Pamplin City was considered a center of commerce.
It had a thriving Main Street, was home to the largest clay pipe manufacturer in the country and located at the intersection of two major rail lines — bringing in salesmen who would relax on the Park Hotel’s porch after a day of selling their goods as they waited for the next train.
Now, the 10 brick buildings lining the street sit vacant or are used for storage. Trains don’t stop at the old depot across the street and visitors no longer recline on the porch talking and sipping bourbon.
I took these photos last month, during a drive around central Virginia. I have a few on film too, but they’re still waiting to be developed.