The Country Store

Over the years, the museum had slowly acquired several items from area shops known collectively as general stores. These businesses were the main source of supplies and exchange for area farmers, especially in smaller communities. Today, only a few still operate in a handful of rural locations. Most had to close their doors when easier means of travel and "mega-stores" forced them out of business.

The new Country Store exhibit returns the visitor back to days when farm goods could be exchanged for hardware, meat was cut and weighed in front of customers, and cookies were two for a penny. Two rare artifacts displayed in the exhibit are early production Coke and Pepsi bottles, both with paper labels. For those interested in tobacco products, the Country Store exhibit also has many brands of tobacco on display alongside pipes, snuff canisters, and other smoking paraphernalia. The exhibit opened in April, 2003.

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