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When I spent a summer singing in the Adirondacks a few years ago, there were "general stores" in most small towns we drove through. However, they were without exception kitschy and touristy, with all sorts of made-in-China knickknacks alongside local handicrafts and fishing gear. I guess that's one way of ensuring survival, but it's a far cry from what I understand the general store used to have been.

That said, some tiny towns in rural New Hampshire still have them -- I'm thinking of one in Lyme, NH in particular.


a sad but beautiful post...


sadly the same thing is happening to our milk bars here in melbourne! hauntingly beautiful photos!!


I have taken road trips to the Smoky mountains and driven thru many small towns. I like driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is so scenic and easy to drive. One of the towns which I thought is quaint is called Blowing Rock in NC.

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This sure is sad! My dad used to own a store just like that, but he decided to close about 7 years ago, worked as a manager in a local supermarket now, he doesn't complain, and I am sure hes happy but it took some time for the folk to get used to the change- and it is a hazard to drive every time you need something.

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