Arkansas Delaware and Vermont Connecticut Royster Confectioners Building

The candy factory that Arkansas Delaware Royster and his brother Vermont Connecticut Royster established in this building became a Raleigh phenomenon. The business began as a general store inherited by the third-generation Raleigh brothers after the Civil War. Arkansas, known as Ark, ran the store while his eighteen-year-old brother V.C. went to New York City to learn candymaking. V.C. returned and the Roysters switched from groceries to confections in 1872. By 1883, Royster’s churned out a ton of candy daily. Early specialties included coconut, cream, and peanut candies. Later, the company shipped its sweets around the world as Raleigh youngsters grew into nostalgic candy-loving adults who wanted their Royster’s no matter where they lived. The factory closed in 1960 and the building now houses offices.

Date: ca. 1865 with alterations ca. 1892 and 2000

Images

Arkansas Delaware and Vermont Connecticut Royster Confectioners Building, 2009 Image by Michael Zirkle Photography, copyright Raleigh Historic Development Commission.
Arkansas Delaware and Vermont Connecticut Royster Confectioners Building, date unknown Image courtesy of the COR Museum.

Location

207 Fayetteville Street

Metadata

RHDC, “Arkansas Delaware and Vermont Connecticut Royster Confectioners Building,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 5, 2023, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/14.