General Stores in Valle Crucis, North Carolina 1853 to Present

Scope: 

The scope of this pathfinder represents information relating to general stores in Valle Crucis, North Carolina from 1853 to the present. Within the literature on this topic, these include Taylor and Moore Company  (c. 1853), Taylor and Mast Store (c. 1882) and the Valle Crucis Supply Store (c. 1909). The Taylor and Moore Company evolved into the Taylor and Mast Store. The Taylor and Mast Store and the Valle Crucis Supply Store’s structures are now used as stores by the Mast General Store. A substantial body of literature on the subject is drawn from I. Harding Hughes’s Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place (1995). However also relevant are clippings found in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Clippings File at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina.

Introductory Text: 

A brief introduction to this topic may be found in:

Haskell, Jean. “Family and Community.” Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Ed. Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. p. 166-67. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F106 .E53 2006

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly Relevant:

Businesspeople -- North Carolina -- Watauga County -- Interviews

Country Stores -- W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection Clippings File

General stores -- North Carolina -- Valle Crucis

General stores -- North Carolina -- Valle Crucis -- Catalogs

Valle Crucis (N.C.) -- Bibliography

Valle Crucis (N.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.

Valle Crucis -- W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection Clippings File

Also Relevant:

General Stores -- North Carolina

Retail Store -- Western North Carolina

Valle Crucis (N.C.) -- Genealogy

Valle Crucis Region (N.C.) -- History

Watauga County (N.C.) -- Bibliography

Watauga County (N.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc

Watauga County (N.C.) -- History

More General:

General Stores

            UF Country stores

            BT Stores, Retail

North Carolina, Western

Watauga County (N.C.)

Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 

Valle Crucis

Country Stores

Watauga County--Business

Note: The Valle Crucis clippings file of the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection Clippings File holds the most relevant clippings for the topic. The General Stores clippings file holds clippings on other General Stores in the immediate region. And the Watauga County--Business clippings file holds clippings on other businesses within the county. The following selection of clippings pertains specifically to the topic. However also within the Valle Crucis file clipping subject heading are articles relating to Church of the Holy Cross, Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis Mission School, and Valle Crucis Community Council that could be of interest.

Library of Congress Call Numbers: 

HF5429

F261

Books: 

Hughes, Harding I. Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place, Chelsea, Michigan: Bookcrafters, distributed Valle Crucis, North Carolina: Mast General Store, 1995. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F264 .V4 H83 1995

Hughes, Harding I. My Valle Crucis. Valle Crucis, North Carolina: I. Harding Hughes, distributed Valle Crucis, North Carolina: Mast General Store, 2002. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F264 .V35 H843 2002

Pezzoni, J. Daniel ed. The Architectural History of Watauga County, North Carolina, Durham, North Carolina: BW&A Books, 2009. ASU SPEC APP COLL     NA730 .N82 W383 2009

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Haskell, Jean. “Family and Community.” Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Ed. Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2006. p. 166-67. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F106 .E53 2006

Staley, Kathryn. “Guide to Collection 128. Valle Crucis Company Records, 1907 - 1952.” W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, 2005, revised 2008. http://collections.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/128valle.xml/ead...

Staley, Kathryn. “Guide to the Collection 269. Taylor and Mast General Store Ledger, 1906 - 1954, n.d.” W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, November 2005. http://collections.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/269taymast.xml/e...

Staley, Kathryn and Rachel Critzer. Revised by Simms Toomey. “Guide to Collection 126. I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, 1983-1999, undated.” W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, April 2005; February 2010. http://collections.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/126hughes.xml/ea...

Staley, Kathryn and Simms Toomey. “Guide to Collection 410. Taylor and Moore Ledger, 1853 - 1917.” W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, May and August 2008. http://collections.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/ead2002/410taylor.xml/ea...

Bibliographies: 

Cornett, Judy. Writings and Resource Materials on Watauga County, North Carolina. Boone, North Carolina: Watauga County Historical Society, 1980. ASU SPEC APP COLL     Z13200.W38 C67

Lynip, Amaris Orlemann and Maryellen Russo. A Watauga County Bibliography [supplement to Finding Out about Watauga: A Guide to Sources of Information about Watauga County, North Carolina]. Boone, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University, 1999.  ASU SPEC APP COLL     Z1320.W38 W58

Hughes, Harding I. Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place. Chelsea, Michigan: Bookcrafters, distributed Valle Crucis, North Carolina: Mast General Store, 1995. p. 200-204. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F264 .V4 H83 1995 

Wise, Suzanne. Finding Out about Watauga: A Guide to Sources of Information about Watauga County, North Carolina. Boone, North Carolina: Center for Appalachian Studies, Appalachian State University, 1984. ASU SPEC APP COLL     OVSZ Z1320.W38 W58

Note: The Hughes bibliography is the sole published bibliography specific to the Valle Crucis community. Many of the “Oral Sources” listed in Hughes’ bibliography can be found in Collection 126. I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA. Within this collection are 46 oral history interviews and notes written by Hughes of the community and the interviewees.

Abstracts and Indices: 

Hughes, Harding I. Valle Crucis: A History of an Uncommon Place. Chelsea, Michigan: Bookcrafters, distributed Valle Crucis, North Carolina: Mast General Store, 1995. p. 200-204. ASU SPEC APP COLL     F264 .V4 H83 1995

Websites: 

“The Original Mast General Store.” Mast General Store. [website] Mast General Store, 2012; accessed September 29, 2012; <http://www.mastgeneralstore.com/Communities/mast/index.cfm/original-mast...

Other Sources: 

Manuscript Collections

Collection 126. I. Harding Hughes, Jr., Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Collection 128. Valle Crucis Company Records, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Collection 269. Taylor and Mast General Store Ledger, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, NC, USA.

Collection 410. Taylor and Moore Ledger, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Compiled by: 

David Houston Walker, Jr.

December 6, 2012