2010-05-27 / Front Page

Crawford’s Autoland Closes in So. Royalton

By Pamela Levasseur

One of the White River Valley’s signature businesses closed last week.

A hand-written sign posted in the window of Herb Crawford's Auto Land says "As of Friday May 21st, we are closed for business. We appreciate your patronage." Herb Crawford's Auto Land was established in 1955 by Herb and Lillian Crawford Sr. Selling a full line of Chrysler Corp cars, trucks, and vans, it became South Royalton’s biggest business for many years.

After the death of Herb Crawford Sr., Herb Crawford Jr. and his mother Lillian continued to run the business.

The Crawford family could not be reached for comment this week; however, John Durkee, guardian of Mrs. Crawford, said that at some point the garage will be sold either publicly or privately. An auction is being planned to liquidate business inventory.

The home owned by Lillian Crawford, popularly called “the castle,” located at the intersection of Route 14 and Route 110 is currently for sale.

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