The Oldest General Store In Missouri Has A Fascinating History

Before there was Walmart, CVS or Walgreen’s, general stores were the heart and soul of small town America. They provided a common ground amongst locals who had to shop for groceries and other household items. Not to mention, most, if not all of them, were family-owned and operated. While many of these general stores have been wiped out by the big-box shops, a few still thrive in small towns today. The First Dawn General Store in Lesterville, Missouri is one of them and has been around for over 100 years.

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First Dawn General Store is located at 514 E Main Street in Lesterville, Missouri. If you’re passing through town, don’t be afraid to stop in for a sweet treat or gift to take home. You’ll be getting a small taste of Missouri history when you do.