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Washburn's General Store

2426 Bostic Sunshine Hwy, Bostic, NC 28018

Washburn's General Store is the oldest continually family ran general store in North Carolina. The business started in 1831. We have it all! Established in 1831, the five-generation family business has been handed down from founder Benjamin Washburn, through brothers & sons to his great-great nephew Edward Nollie Washburn III. The National Department of the Interior inducted the General Store, the family estate–built in 1913, a classic wooden barn–built in 1915, and ten other buildings as a historic district in 2002. The Store’s original building actually stood catty cornered, on the other side of the Washburn’s Crossroads to its current home. It began as a tavern, inn and mercantile store that served stagecoaches traveling between Rutherford and Lincoln counties. Today, the store is a testament to American history. Come on over and enjoy a glass bottle of Coca-Cola, and have a pleasant chat with the proprietor. You can cozy up with a North Carolina afghan and rock away your worries in a NC-made rocking chair. Washburn's General Store offers a variety of items ranging from clothing to old fashioned candy! If you are in the area be sure to stop and check them out!