My husband Matt was traveling for work this week and came across a ‘little’ General Store. He loves to take the back roads and stay off the interstate when possible. Fortunately for me and you, he took a few pictures of this old General Store that’s being swallowed up by vines and the weather.
Little Lot is an unincorporated community in Hickman County, Tennessee. Little Lot is located on Tennessee State Route 230 8.1 miles east of Centerville.
According to the Hickman County website, early settlers were mostly pioneers from Maryland. Hugh McCabe settled on Little Lot lands in 1810 and donated one quarter of an acre of land for a church and school. Parker Tyler said of the donated land and naming the town, “It’s such a damn little lot, we can’t give it a big name”. The town was then appropriately named Little Lot.
The first General Store in Little Lot was built by Ferdinand B. Russell in 1853. But apparently a devastating tornado hit the town in 1902. I would imagine the General Store might have been demolished from that tornado since 1916 is the year on this Little Lot General Store ‘s building.
General Stores back in the day were such an important part of the community not only for providing goods but a place that people gathered and chatted while shopping. I love experiencing that today in my own store. I’ll have a customer in the store looking around and here comes another one and they both know each other and start chatting. I don’t know what it is about that, but maybe just the ‘sense of community’ and belonging it represents. Always puts a smile on my face. 🙂
I would like to think General Stores such as mine are still an important part of communities. Maybe not in the same sense as 100 years ago but hey, we still have goods people like and need and who knows who you might run into while you’re here?
I LOVE seeing customers both new and returning come to the store and buy their favorite foods or find the perfect gift for a friend or for them self; brings me joy to see their happy faces. 🙂
Today I had the pleasure of this little girl shopping in the store and finding a milk maid doll filling up the bucket with candy. She loves picking out candy from our store and getting a 1 cent bubble gum from the machine. So sweet…..
We appreciate all of you more than you know for shopping at 1824 General Store!! Not only is it a pleasure to get to know you but we appreciate your community spirit of shopping local in Mt. Pleasant not only here in our store but all the stores in our quaint town.
Of course as in any town, stores will come and go and new ones will open over the years but the best way for all the stores to have a chance to remain in business is having the support of the community in which we live, the surrounding communities and visitors alike. It takes a village! (Yes, I know you’ve heard me say that a gazillion times but it really does) We probably don’t have everything you need or want, but if you could first look in the Mt. Pleasant stores for what you may need or want before going elsewhere – you may be surprised of the amazing, awesome, delicious gifts and food you will discover.
We have restaurants in town, clothing boutiques, a general store of course, a coffee shop, vintage goods, baby clothes, a new hemp store, an event venue… the list goes on. So if you haven’t been to downtown Mt. Pleasant in awhile – I encourage you to come check out the stores and say hi to the owners.
Until next time 🙂 Angela
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