During the first half of the 20th Century, buildings such as this were very common in rural towns and cities. Farmers brought their goods to be processed into various products, and these businesses were usually located next to rail lines for movement of goods elsewhere. I found this old “feed and seed” building in Halifax, Virginia….adjacent to the Norfolk and Southern rail line.
I also saw this antique scale which weighed products…usually large bags of feed or flour. Standing next to it I could almost feel farmers behind me in line yelling for me to hurry up so they could go about their own business.