I first photographed this store in February 2010 and am just as fascinated by it today as I was then. It’s been in business since 1900 and the grandson of the original owner is still operating it today. He has a real passion for the family business and its place in the history of the peach packing town of Musella.
So many times I see modern “country stores” that aren’t worth their salt, but this one is authentic, as the photos below illustrate. Mr. Hays, who has another job besides this one, painstakingly stocks the store with staples and various sundries and country store memorabilia authentic to the store’s history. Some would call it a hobby but I see it as an important link to the past.
It’s a miracle places like this still exist. Please take the time to stop by if you find yourself anywhere near Musella. Buy an ice cold Nu-Grape or Coca-Cola in a bottle, or have some ice cream from the chest freezer.