In rural areas like Shenandoah County, many Country Stores still exist along the scenic backroads despite the growth of some modern amenities like chain groceries and big box stores, most of which are concentrated in the larger towns and closer to the interstate. What then, is a “Country Store?” A country store, sometimes called Country Grocery or General Store, is one that is set in some of the smaller rural communities. Like a mini Walmart, they seem to have everything, just on a smaller scale, and are typically owned and run by a friendly local.
Many of these stores in Shenandoah County are still essential to the communities they serve. Visitors can stop along the way and fuel up, get some worms and a license for fishing, some groceries for your camping trip, or a sandwich and an ice cream cone for the road. Finding some of these great little stores can make for a fun scenic drive adventure, because it means getting to drive along some of the most beautiful roads in the region. Read More…
Cooks Country Store
In the town of Woodstock you’ll find Cook’s Country Store offering many of the same things you would find at any of the other roadside stops, route 11 potato chips, local honey and snacks, fried chicken and a few groceries but what sets it apart is it’s little shop adjacent to the grocery called Shenandoah Stuff. It’s a great place to pick up conventional but cool souvenirs, postcards, coffee cups, bandanas, refrigerator magnets and t-shirts.
In a little place called Bowman’s Crossing you will discover Foltz Store, also referred to as H&R Mart. They are best known for their AMAZING fried chicken. While it is worth the trip for the fried chicken alone, be prepared to find other goodies like homemade pimento cheese (a southern favorite), homemade pies and daily lunch and dinner specials.
Fort Valley Country Store
Surrounded by two branches of Massanutten Mountain is Fort Valley, only 3 miles at its widest point and just a handful of roads in and out, which makes for some of the most stunning mountain views. About 13 miles from the turn on to Fort Valley Road from US Route 11 is the Fort Valley Country Store. You can just imagine how important it would be for folks who live in “The Fort” to have a convenient store to pick up a little whatever happens to be missing from the pantry. The store carries homemade baked-goods, locally made Route 11 Potato Chips , and prepares sandwiches and breakfast foods to go. Don’t miss a little nook to showcase work from local artisans and craftsmen who reside in Fort Valley.
Jon Henry General Store was established in 2018. It revives the historic structures past use as a General Store in the 1800s. The Store focuses on sourcing locally, regionally and if from abroad, they are sourced via Fair Trade systems. Jon’s products range from brooms, vintage license plates, jams & jellies, local honey, memorabilia, children’s wooden toys, canned goods, meats and cheese, dairy, snacks, candies, and more…
Larkins Store is a popular spot for gassing up and getting supplies for those who are heading out to Bryce Resort. Locals know it for it’s great pizza, but you can also get a fabulous burger or steak and cheese sandwich. Fishing and hunting permits can be acquired, tackle and firewood as well. Larkins Store has everything you need in a roadside convenience store for all of your outdoor adventures, but if you really want to get an authentic local favorite, order a couple of scoops of Garber’s Grape Nut ice cream.
New Star Market offers a lovely outdoor pavilion where you can sit and relax with a great barbeque sandwich made fresh in house. The coolest part of this shop are the newly painted murals on the outside which are colorful and reminiscent of poster-art depicting the beautiful scenery.
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