The history of New Hampshire is long and deep, and visitors and residents alike love feeling like they are a part of the Granite State’s history. That’s why so many people love general stores. Walking into these stores is like walking straight into the past: you’ll see homemade goodies, penny candy, and many other surprises. Here are 7 charming general stores in New Hampshire that will make you yearn for a simpler time.
1. Calef’s Country Store, Barrington
Calef’s has been operating in Barrington since 1869 when the Calef family mortgaged the farm to begin a general store. Today Calef’s has a full country deli where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches. Specialty cheeses, pickles, and baked goods help to make Calef’s a favorite stop for people in the Barrington area.
2. Fadden Maple Sugarhouse and General Store, North Woodstock
Nothing screams New Hampshire like fresh Maple Syrup, and the syrup at Fadden’s is said to be the best in the state. At Fadden General Store you can learn about the sugaring process and enjoy some sweet treats.
3. Harrisville General Store, Harrisville
This story is so old – operating since 1883 – that it is now owned by historic Harrisville, a local non-profit. But the store still has the delicious foods and sweet treats that have kept people coming in for nearly two centuries. Harrisville General Store isn’t just about candy though: the store has amazing salad options for those with a mind to health.
4. Mont Vernon General Store, Mont Vernon
If you’re driving through Mont Vernon in southern New Hampshire you might not have a choice but to stop at the general store, the only store in town. But whether you stop because of choice or necessity you’ll enjoy a visit to Mont Vernon General Store.
5. Zeb’s General Store, North Conway
Zeb’s is an institution for anyone who loves to visit North Conway (and who doesn’t?) Zeb’s is full of goodies for everyone, from cookbooks to souvenirs to, of course, candy. So much candy!
6. The Old Country Store and Museum, Moultonborough
The Old Country Store is a favorite attraction in the Lakes Region. The store is popular with tourists who love imagining what the Lakes Region used to be like when people first started vacationing in New Hampshire, and with locals who love popping in to see what they’ll find.
7. Vernondale General Store, North Sutton
The Vernondale General Store in North Sutton mixes the modern (pizza and gluten free offerings) with all the classics, like penny candy and all sorts of delightful treats.
Look at all those treats! Do you have any favorite general stores in New Hampshire?