Is there anything more charming than an old-fashioned general store? There’s just something so utterly delightful about perusing the aisles of an authentic general store, admiring homemade housewares and penny candy. (Or, if you’re lucky, opening the cooler for an ice-cold, glass-bottled soda!) And luckily, you can experience all the nostalgia with these twelve general stores in North Carolina.

What are your favorite general stores in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments below! And for a hefty dose of nostalgia, be sure to check out this old-fashioned candy and ice cream shop in North Carolina.

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General Stores in North Carolina

What's the oldest general store in North Carolina?

That title would go to Washburn's General Store (#4 on our list). Established in 1831, the store is recognized as the longest, continually-run family business in North Carolina. Washburn's is a fifth-generation family retail operation.

Does North Carolina have any old-fashioned candy stores?

If you enjoyed visiting these general stores in North Carolina, you'll love Opie's Candy Store (yep -- like Ron Howard's character from The Andy Griffith Show! More on that below). This old-fashioned candy store in North Carolina is as charming as it gets, and sells everything from ice-cold bottled pop in an old cooler, endless candies to choose from, and even has an ice cream counter where you can order a variety of hand-dipped flavors. It's a delightful dose of nostalgia, and you'll find it in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

What's a fun day trip in North Carolina?

If the old general stores in this list are up your alley, then you'll delight in a day trip to Mt. Airy, North Carolina -- AKA, Mayberry, USA. Yes, this town is the real-life inspiration for The Andy Griffith Show! In this postcard-perfect small town, you'll find Floyd's Barber Shop (where you can get your hair cut, too), check out vintage police cars and automobiles (like those used in the iconic television series), and even visit Andy's childhood home. (In fact, you can stay overnight at this attraction, and even sleep in Andy's room.) There's also The Andy Griffith Museum, complete with the iconic jail cell and sheriff desk. All in all, it's a charming little day trip in North Carolina.


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