General Stores


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources relating to general stores, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The R.W. Dickenson & Company Ledgers collection is a set of five ledgers from the company located in Bickley Mills, Russell County, Virginia in the last 1800s-early 1900s, which gives daily purchases/payments at the mercantile and an accounts ledger with open accounts.

5.0 linear feet (5 large flat boxes)

A bill to Mrs. Rebecca Crabill for items "bot. of John C. Richardson" in Strasburg, Virginia May 15, 1857 constitutes this collection. The items totaling $14.52 were purchased for her daughter.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection includes bills, order lists, and receipts for a store run by the Skaggs Family in Greenbrier County, West Virginia in the 1800s, circa 1874. Also contains the personal effects papers of P.H. Skaggs.

1.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

The Taylor and Mast General Store (Valle Crucis, North Carolina) Books of Receipts collection contains one large scrapbook-type collection of 1906 receipts from the Taylor and Mast General Store of Watauga County, North Carolina, pasted into a 1904 Star Tailoring catalog, and a receipt book with copies of handwritten receipts, dated 1928. These ledgers show the purchases of a rural general store in the early twentieth century.

2 linear feet (1 oversize box)

The Taylor and Moore Ledger documents the sales of the Taylor and Moore General Store of Valle Crucis, in Watauga County, North Carolina, during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

1 linear foot (3 boxes)

The Valle Crucis Company Records contains ledgers, day books and other records generated by a Valle Crucis store, primarily covering the years 1909-1915, 1917-1918 and 1925-1934. Also includes tax receipts and other papers, some as late as 1945. This collection provides insight into the purchasing conventions of western Watauga County, North Carolina's residents during the early twentieth century. The ledgers contain customers' names, purchases and method of payment.

5.5 linear feet (12 boxes)