Todd General Store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a place to recapture a more simple time with mountain folks in beautiful Todd. Photo by Frederica Georgia

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Todd General Store

ESTABLISHED IN 1914

Phone: 336-877-1067
Address: 3866 Railroad Grade Rd, Todd, NC
Website: www.ToddGeneralStore.com


Todd was the end of the line for the Norfolk and Western Virginia Creeper Railroad.

Todd General Store, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a place to recapture a more simple time with mountain folks in beautiful Todd, North Carolina. The Todd General Store features a deli, crafts, homemade jellies and jams, ice cream, antiques, collectible, music, rustic furnishings and books from local authors.

Hours
10am to 5pm Monday through Thursday
Friday Music runs until 9:15 pm
Sunday 12 to 5pm
Closed January 1 through March 15


Features

Todd General Store also features outside dining on the front or back porches for guests to sit on and enjoy the weather on nice days. They are also a great location to enjoy homemade dinners on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Todd General Store features lots of events during the summer, including storytelling on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., live bluegrass music on Fridays from 6:30-9:15 p.m. and book signings by local authors on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. from May through Thanksgiving.

The Todd General Store offers everything from gifts, to plow points, to antique items.


History

The Todd General Store was established in 1914 by Walter and Monroe Cook. Todd was the end of the line for the Norfolk and Western Virginia Creeper Railroad, which traveled from Abingdon, Va. to Todd’s Elkland Station twice daily. In 1917, the store operated as W.G. Cook Store, with most trade relying on the bartering system. Customers would trade chickens, roots and herbs and other items to get what they needed. The general store was at the center of the community and served all of the local shopping needs for the residents of Todd.

The railroad stopped running to Todd between 1933 and 1936, which coincided with the great depression. The general store was one of the only stores in the area that survived the Great Depression, and was sold to Kenny Goodman, when it became Goodman’s Store. In 1985, Joe and Sheila Morgan purchased the store and undertook structural repairs to the building, including building bathrooms, introducing running water, a septic system and a new parking lot. Under the Morgan’s the store operated year round. In 2003, Robert and Virginia Mann purchased the store and made even more repairs and updates to the historic location. The updates provided more space for the audiences of the musical events and cultural events that took place at the store, and even added the new wooden back deck.

The Todd General Store is located 10 miles south of West Jefferson or 11 miles north of Boone off of NC 194 overlooking the South Fork of the New River and located on Railroad Grade Road, one of the most scenic bike routes in North Carolina.