Valley Diner – Toms Brook, VA

This was my first diner. I was about two months old when my parents visited it (me in tow) in 1991. Did those early experiences somehow lead me down this path of coffee, scrapple and neon? One can only speculate.

Here’s a comparison with a ’60s postcard and a view from today. The diner was built in 1932, most likely an on-site construction. It’s a barrel roof diner, later remodeled with a stucco and brick exterior, shed roof, knotty pine interior and a (now missing) glass brick counter.

Here’s a side by side- 1991 and 2011.


Shot through the window.


5 thoughts on “Valley Diner – Toms Brook, VA

  1. Dude, do you know how hard it is to try and explain what scrapple is to a European, it’s virtually impossible. Oh how I miss scrapple> When I lived in Baltimore all the Diners had it and you could even get it in the grocery store, packaged like Jimmy dean Sausage. 🙂

  2. I have lived 2 miles south of the old diner my whole life, always thought it was a cool place and how sweet it would be to have dinner there.

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