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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Colonial Store

The local community store was sometimes a room in the house of a planter as in the instance of Robert Hodges of Lower Norfolk.  But more often it was a building detached which was detached from the dwelling house. As a general rule, the store was a board house having a loft and shed. In the towns, the store was usually a rented building.  The records of Elizabeth City County in 1695, vol. 1684-99, p. 29, mentioned a  building "Hampton" which was rented for twenty-five shillings a month. It could have been used by a merchant who resided abroad and who carried on business through the agency of his factor, or on the property of a wealthy planter or a native merchant. The objective was to supply the needs of the community. The inventory of the Hubbard store in York County (1667) after the death of its owner, contained lockram, canvas, Scotch cloth, kersey, flannel in bales, gloves, cloaks, cravats, handerchiefs, hats, hammers, hatchets, froes, bellows, knives, and so on.

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