There are so many overlooked treasures in rural North Carolina.  Our old school mom and pop shops are one of them.  Bostic, North Carolina has one of these hidden gems.  Washburn’s General Store is a family owned and operated business since 1831.


Nostalgic.  If I had to use one word to describe Washburn’s General Store, nostalgic would be it.  As soon as I stepped through the open door onto the old hardwood floors and smelled the slight musty smell of an old building, I was reminded of my early childhood.  In my mind I was suddenly transported back to days of going to the store barefoot, drinking from glass soda bottles, sitting on the porch with family, eating orange push pops, visiting my grandpa’s home place where they always had box fans running in the summer and the wood stove burning in the winter.   It was an era that has disappeared, but I am so glad I was able to experience the end of it.  It was the 1980’s, but it feels like it was a completely different world than the one we live in now.

Washburn’s isn’t just special because it’s an old store in an old building run by the same  family for generations.  Although, that is pretty special.  It’s also special because of the merchandise that is sold there.  They sell things like old-fashioned toys, cast iron kitchen ware, butter churns, wood stoves, wash tubs, old fashioned apple cider presses, gift baskets, stick candy, glass bottled sodas, honey and jams, and axes and mallets.  If all that isn’t enough, you can also order a freshly made sandwich with hoop cheese.

To say that Washburn’s is unique is an understatement.  Washburn’s General Store is quintessential of the old rural south.  It’s not just a store, but also a testament of American history.

Oh, and while I was feeling so sentimental about my childhood, I just had to buy a RC and Moon Pie!  Hehehehe…..



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