Harrisville General Store

Back before we all had cars, and malls and Amazon (Yes, there was a time before Amazon), people who lived outside the city shopped at the local general store. It was called this because it sold general merchandise. Think of it as a much smaller Walmart that sold only the basics. You could get your groceries, hardware, and things for your home. These were often one of the gathering places in the community. The store might be paired with a gas station and serve as a bus or stage coach stop. It might also have housed the town’s post office.

His general store dates back to 1828. Below are some historic photos of the store that I copied from the store’s website.

22 thoughts on “Harrisville General Store

  1. photobyjohnbo

    I find it interesting that a factor in the demise of the general store was the rise of catalog mail order companies like Sears and Wards. Though Montgomery Wards has been gone a long time, it’s ironic that Sears was brought down by a more modern version of marketing that got them started in the first place.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Good point. Ah, remembering Montgomery Ward dates us. My wife and I bought our first kitchen set there. They say all the world is a circle. Amazon’s model seems like it will be here forever but nothing is forever. Thank you for the great comment.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It is! It’s a different model. I think they have some basic groceries. They also serve prepared food. There is a nice outside seating area to the left in the photo for eating while social distancing. It had closed when all eateries closed but is open again.

  2. Sandra

    I love that it is still in operation! That is rare it seems. Also appreciate that you were able to pair this current image with photos from the past. It looks pretty much the same! Happy to see a beautiful place like this that has managed to stay afloat. You have a great night Chris! Thank you for this armchair adventure!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Sandra. I’m glad you enjoyed the arm “chair adventure”. I’ll have to remember that one. I was surprised and happy to find those antique images online. You have a great night also. 😊


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