Long before supermarkets, general stores were at the heart of Americans' commercial lives, especially in smaller rural communities where they served as a town hub. Remnants of this outmoded way of shopping can still be found today at dozens of locations across the nation, though most surviving general stores from the 19th or early 20th century have had to adapt as tourist-friendly gift and specialty shops. In this list, we'll run through the oldest American general stores still in operation in chronological order. From shops that opened over one hundred years ago to one that dates back to the 1790s, we'll catalog how they've changed, and what parts of their heritage have stayed the same.
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