Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Old Hampton Store, Linville

Go back in time to the 1920's when you visit the Old Hampton Store and Grist Mill in Linville, just off Hwy 221 on Ruffin Street in the old part of town.

The store was built by the Hampton family after their hardware store in Tennessee was flooded to create Watauga Lake. In it's heyday it was the general store for the locals to purchase anything needed - food, hardware and home supplies. As time went on and the area developed, the store became more of a tourist attraction.

Today the Hampton Store features 100% stone ground cornmeal, grits and buckwheat pancake mix along with homemade jams, jellies, preserves, pickled food products, cheeses and country ham.

Inside the store you will find Uncle Lee's BBQ offering sandwiches, soups and freshly made sourdough buns. Dine inside or in good weather on the porch. On weekends they offer blue grass music during lunch hours.

Part of this historic complex includes the gallery 87 Ruffin Street in the old boarding house. The gallery showcases local folk art, pottery, carvings, weaving, and jewelry.

Open from 10 - 5 mid April through December, the Hampton Store is a taste of old Appalachia. Their food products can be purchased online too. For more info call 828.733.5213 or go to www.oldhamptonstore.com.

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