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The Heart of the Village: The General Store

Let’s Meet at the General Store!

Step back in time to the early 1900s when the general store was the village meeting place where you heard the latest gossip and purchased all the staples necessary for survival, from flour to nails to whisky to feed for your animals. Ocean County Historical Society’s newest exhibit, The Heart of the Village: The Local General Store, opens Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The exhibit’s photos and artifacts of general stores in Ocean County paint a clear picture of how vital they were for folks in rural areas to acquire food staples, hats, shoes, toys, and fabric for clothing as well as mailing and receiving letters.   You may visit the exhibit at the museum at 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River, Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 –3:30, and the first Saturday of each month, 1:00—4:00. Questions? Call 732-341-1880. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.