Jimmy Thompson was raised in Union Level and still lives nearby. In this video, he tells the history of the ghost town as he remembers it.
Seventy-five-year-old James O. (Jimmy) Thompson was raised in the tiny community of Union Level, Virginia. He remembers it as it was when the long row of abandoned storefronts were still alive with activity — before it became known as a ghost town.
His family was a major part of the community in its heyday and he now owns much of it, including three of the iconic abandoned buildings.
In this video, Jimmy tells a vivid and detailed history of the people he knew and the way of life in this small southern former railroad town. He refers to several books in the video. Around South Hill is available on Amazon here.
Video: An Oral History of Union Level with Jimmy Thompson
Oral History of Union Level Part Two: Zion Cemetery
Buy the book Jimmy presented in the video: Around South Hill by John Caknipe Jr.
In the video, Jimmy refers frequently to this book: Images of America: Around South Hill, written by John Caknipe Jr. If you’d like a copy, it’s available on Amazon here.
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