Atherton, Lewis E. The Southern Country Store 1800-1860. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1949.

Beck, Jane. The General Store in Vermont: An Oral History. Montpelier: Vermont Historical Society, 1980.

Carson, Gerald. The Old Country Store. New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.

Clark, Thomas D. Pills, Petticoats, and Plows: The Southern Country Store. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1944.

English, Linda. By All Accounts: General Stores and Community Life in Texas and Indian Territory. Norman: University of Oklahoma Presss, 2013.

Johnson, Laurence Ayres. Over the Counter and On the Shelf: Country Storekeeping in America, 1620-1920. CE Tuttle Co., 1961.

Martin, Ann Smart. Buying into the World of Goods: Early Consumers in Backcountry Virginia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Schreiner, Charles. General Merchandise: The Story of a Country Store. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1944.

Spellman, Susan V. Cornering the Market: Independent Grocers and Innovation in American Small Business. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Ward, Barbara McLean, ed. Produce and Conserve, Share and Play Square: The Grocer and the Consumer on the Home-front Battlefield During World War II. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1994.

Wenger, Diane.  A Country Storekeeper in Pennsylvania: Creating Economic Networks in Early America, 1790-1807. State College: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008.


Fearnbach, Heather. Historic Store Context: Burk, Caldwell, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties, North Carolina. Report prepared for Human Environment Section, North Carolina Department of Transportation. Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2012. Fearnbach History Services, Inc.

Tyson, Jackie, Kristie Lockerman, and Mary Beth Reed. Rural Commerce in Context: South Carolina’s Country Stores, 1850-1950. New South Associates Technical Report 2159, 2013.


English, Linda. “Revealing Accounts: General Stores on the South Central Plains, 1870-1890.” Ph.D. diss., University of Oklahoma, 2005.

Lapcyznski, Rebecca Ann. “Colas, Checkerboards, and Cotton Bales: Roopville Merchants and Country Stores within the Georgia Southern Piedmont, 1890-1940.” M.A. thesis, State University of West Georgia, 2001.

Lockyer, Clifford Allan. “The Survival of Country Stores in Eastern Maine.” Ph.D. diss., University of Northern Colorado, 1986.

Penman, Susie. “Cracker Barrel’s Culture: Exporting the South on America’s Interstate Exits.” Ph.D. diss., University of Mississippi, 2012.

Scholarly Articles

Adams, William H., and Steven D. Smith. “Historical Perspectives on Black Tenant Farmer Material Culture: The Henry C. Long General Store Ledger at Waverly, Plantation, Mississippi.” The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life (1985): 309-334.

Blevins, Brooks. “The Country Store: In Search of Mercantiles and Memories in the Ozarks.” Southern Cultures 18:4 (Winter 2012).

Byrd, Mary Lou Brown. “The Burning Fork General Store and Post Office.” Appalachian Heritage 26:2 (1998): 52-55.

Clark, Thomas D. “The Rural South as Seen in Two of its Institutions: The Country Store and the Rural Weekly.” The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 103:1-2 (Winter/Spring 2005): 108-124.

Fanelli, Doris D. “William Polk’s General Store in Saint George’s, Delaware.” Delaware History 19:4 (1981).

Goss, Robert V. “Yellowstone’s First General Store: A Legacy of Jennie Henderson and Her Family.” Yellowstone Science 13:2(Spring 2005): 16-29. Available at:

Hadwiger, Don F., and Clay Cochran. “Rural Telephones in the United States.” Agricultural History 58:3 (July 1984): 221-238.

Jones, Fred Mitchell. “Retail Stores in the United States, 1800-1860.” Journal of Marketing 1:2 (October 1936): 134-142.

McFaddin, I. M. “A Hoosier General Store in 1847.” Indiana Magazine of History 35:3 (September 1939): 299-302

Murphy, Lucy Eldersveld. “Business Ladies; Midwestern Women and Enterprise, 1850-1880.” Journal of Women’s History 3:1 (Spring 1991): 65-89.

Norris, James D. “One-Price Policy among Antebellum Country Stores.” Business History Review 36:4 (Winter 1962): 455-458.

Rose, Gregory S. “Reconstructing a Retail Trade Area: Tucker’s General Store, 1850-1860.” The Professional Geographer 39:1 (February 1987): 33-40. [Based on ledger in MSU Archives and Special Collections]

Russ, William A., Jr. “The Country Store of a Half a Century Ago.” Pennsylvania History 17:3 (July 1950): 206-214.

Schlereth, Thomas, “Country Stores, County Fairs, and Mail Order Catalogs: Consumerism in Rural America,” in Consumer Culture and the American Home, 1890-1930 (Beaumont, TX: McFaddin-Ward House, 1989), pp. 27-45.

Sisk, Glenn N. “Rural Merchandising in the Alabama Black Belt, 1875-1917.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 37:4 (1955): 705-715.

Stoffle, Richard W. “Whither the Country Store?” Ethnohistory 19:1 (Winter 1972): 63-72.

Stone, Williard E. “Middletown, Delaware, From Accounting Records.” The Accounting Historians Journal 6:1 (Spring 1979): 39-52.

Strasser, Susan. “Customer to Consumer: The New Consumption in the Progressive Era.” OAH Magazine of History 13:3 (Spring 1999): 10-14.

Weisman, Sandra Morton. “The Radway General Store: An Inventory of Historical Bargains.” Muse (Autumn 1985): 26-29.


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