Déjà Chew | Virginia Eats + Drinks Past

The sandy, loamy land of Coastal Virginia has long been important agriculturally, as scene in this circa 1902 image taken at this truck farm in Norfolk.  

What’s a truck farm? Read about it after the Jump

From the Churchland High School [Portsmouth] [LINK] website; Churchland’s mascot and nickname is The Truckers:

“The origin of the Churchland mascot and nickname, Truckers, dates back to the early 20th century.  By the 1920’s, the area west of the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River had become a rich farming region. Family farms grew potatoes, peanuts, corn and other vegetables to be sold at market.  Boats and barges were able to travel into the inlets and coves that lay between the current West Norfolk and Churchland Bridges.  Farmers ‘trucked’ their goods, first by wagon and later by truck, to the shores of the river to ship them to northern markets.  It is from these large farms and the surrounding village of the 1920’s and ‘30’s, that the Churchland athletic teams acquired their nickname the Truckers.”

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