Discover the story of George Bodmer, a Prussian Wheelwright. In 1866, he arrived in Aldie, Virginia when all of Virginia was rebuilding after the Civil War. He set up shop to fix wheels and three years later was able to build his house next door. In addition to repairing wagons wheels, he also made implement handles and shingles. George Bodmer passed his business to his son, who repaired wagons until the 1930s.
When Bodmer arrived in Aldie, it was a good place to set up a wagonwright shop. However, starting in 1873, prices for farm goods started to fall and they continued downward for the next quarter century. For many, income fell by a third or even half. Through the depression, Bodmer advertised that he would rent out his wagon for oats, corn, or beef at six cents a pound.