History-Minded NC Lumberyard Adds Hardware Store

With a nod to the past, Grandfather Lumber, Pineola, N.C., has opened a full-service hardware store at its former site of century-old CL Loven Sawmill in Pineola, N.C.

Ryan Whelan purchased the property in 2019, intending to preserve the history of CL Loven. The lumberyard specializes in custom beams for homes. It makes use of some of CL Loven’s older machinery, some of it dating back to the early 1900s, according to store manager Richard McKinney.

Though it has a young staff—all under 40—everyone is a lifetime local who appreciates the legacy of CL Loven. And in case any of the old equipment proves finicky, former longtimer Wayne Buchanan has offered to troubleshoot or demonstrate how the machinery works.

The business has now added Grandfather Lumber Hardware Store, providing everything locals need to build a house.

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