Massachusetts is filled with charming and historical villages, so it should come as no surprise that it also plays host to some downright adorable general stores. Check out these quaint and cozy country shops for a taste of a simpler time.
1. The Brewster Store
This building was originally built as a church in 1852 and was converted into a general store in 1866. Grab a bag of their classic roasted peanuts and bring a quarter to play a tune on the nickelodeon.
2. Williamsburg General Store
This place has been around for over 100 years and they make their own bread and jams.
3. Pleasant Lake General Store, Harwich
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A local staple, and one of the oldest businesses in the neighborhood.
4. 1856 Country Store, Centerville
An absolutely charming penny candy and gift shop. They carry lots of local products and a great selection of old-fashioned toys.
5. Old Country Store and Emporium, West Mansfield
This place has everything from a peanut butter machine to a selection of grandfather clocks. A cozy and classic spot just outside Boston.
6. Old Company Store, Wareham
This general store holds plenty of fun events like "pajama mornings". Come in your PJs and enjoy some treats! And don't miss the old fashioned sodas and barrel pickles.
7. Wayside Country Store
Though the building dates to 1790, the store was established in 1928 by Henry Ford himself. He actually moved the structure – using a team of oxen – to its current location in Marlborough. A great place to pick up some classic chocolates and novelty items.
8. The Monterey General Store, Monterey
This is an awesome place to grab an old-fashioned breakfast. The pancakes and freshly baked raspberry pies are insanely good.
9. Alley's General Store, Martha's Vineyard
Opened in 1858, Alley's is the oldest operating business on Martha's Vineyard. From milk and butter to hammers and nails, this place has what you need (plus a little something sweet).
10. Marshfield Hills General Store
This store has been operating for over 150 years and is currently owned (and occasionally run) by Steve Carrell! For real. He bought the shop in 2009 and has manned the small business in his free time since then.
There’s just something about walking into a penny candy store that makes you feel like a millionaire. Does your hometown have a charming general store that we should know about? Share with your friends and let us know in the comments!