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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.

ORAL HISTORY

Susan Hill


Car Wash Cafe

Susan Hill was born in the 1950 in Monterey, Virginia. As a child she worked in her mother’s restaurant learning family recipes and hospitality. Hill paid her way through college working in restaurants. In the early 1970s, she graduated from college and returned to Monterey. She and her sister opened and managed the Maple Restaurant for eight years. In 1986, Hill moved to Kilmarnock, Virginia. She ran a car wash attached to a convenience store. Hill saw a need to provide fresh, local food in the community. She converted the convenience store into a restaurant. In 2007, Hill opened up CarWash Café and Catering.

Date of interview:
2018-10-22

Interviewer:
Patrick Daglaris

Photographer:
Beth Wood

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