The once familiar one-stop country General Merchandise ceased operations three or more decades ago. That means kerosene, livestock feed, work sox, hardware, dry beans by the scoop, groceries, popsicles and bubble gum, bolt cloth, fresh gossip, mail and credit must be found elsewhere.
Yet the old store buildings continue to survive long after the cash drawers closed for the last time. After all, grand parents and families built these stores and kept them open for long hours each day providing fundamental necessities valued by all. As these silent icons slowly weather and strain under the weight of honeysuckle and tree limbs there seems to be a shared nostalgia, an unspoken reluctance to interfere in any way that might hasten the final dismantling of these precious artifacts.
© d090527-037 White Store
Carroll County, Virginia
Wednesday 7 June 2009