Mast General Store – Valle Crucis

July 13, 2011 By: erik Category: Photos, Travel, USA

Mast General StoreOne of the interesting must-see places in the Boone and Blowing Rock area of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the Mast General Store. Built in the late nineteenth century (that’s like America’s equivalent of a medieval castle!), it is a store that has retained an old style of nineteenth century consumerism: the general store. When rural people would “go into town to the store”, they meant they were going into the general store. It was a store that sold absolutely everything, not unlike the Chinese stores in modern day Spain, be it bolts, rice, pillow cases, cheese, jigsaws, milk, rope, candy, razors, motor oil or olive oil…everything but deals on cheap package holidays.