The fire of 1897 burned all the on this block south of this building which caught on fire beneath the tin roof, but by hard work the building was saved. The Greenbrier Independent gave great credit to the African American residents of town for stopping the progress of the fire: Their efforts were untiring and well directed and to them is largely due the credit for preventing the spread of the fire on Court Street and beyond.
This office was later used by John A. Preston who was mentored by and a partner of Samuel Price. Preston was County Prosecutor when the famous Shue murder case came to trial. Shue's was convicted based on the testimony of a ghost. He also served as a state senator.