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Todd General Store, Todd

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The Todd General Store is located 10 miles south of West Jefferson and 11 miles north of Boone, off Hwy 194, overlooking the South Fork of the New River, and on Railroad Grade Road, one of the most scenic bike routes in North Carolina.The Todd General Store is a contributing property in the Todd Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.According to Kirk Carrison of Preservation North Carolina, the Todd General Store is one of only five or six authentic general stores remaining in North Carolina. The Todd General Store is the oldest operating store in Ashe County and remains "the gathering place" for local residents where stories of days past are still swapped, relationships are built, and community spirit nourished.The PastEstablished in 1914, The Todd General Store was built by Walter and Monroe Cook in anticipation of the arrival of the Norfolk and Western "Virginia Creeper" railroad. Todd was the end of the line, the last of 13 stops for the train, which traveled from Abingdon, VA, to Todd's Elkland station twice a day.
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  • Very enjoyable spot with interesting sections. Very small town feel, like you stepped back in time. We love to cycle on RR Grade Road between tood and Fleetwood.  more »
  • This historic old country store, where Doc Watson & other great country singers used to perform, has been closed for several years & is up for sale for $500,000. There don't seem to be any buyers will...  more »
  • We had heard so much about this place, we were disappointed to find it closed and up for sale. Go either direction to fine neat places full of local color that are open and busy.  more »
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  • We love the Todd area; friendly people and beautiful country side! Sad there is a bad apple in an otherwise pristine barrel. The owners (man especially) were rude, and they are way overpriced. I am sorry I gave them any business, it won't happen again.
  • Hopefully all the wonderful ,friendly people and places in the Todd area will not be judged by the owner of this establishment. Never have experienced such rude treatment and total lack of customer service. Accused my family of breaking one of his overpriced plaques and smugly presented it to us as we were leaving since we had broken it!! Not even aware of any accidents, but my brother paid him anyway. Had we known we had broken anything, we would have certainly brought it to his attention. After I gave him his "plaque" back and told him how rude he really was......His reply was " You must be Baptist"!!!!!!!!!!! (whatever that means). It was only a ten dollar plaque,, but the experience was HORRIBLE..
  • Quaint old general store with an awesome little grill. Great lunch spot!
  • The owner was a decidedly unfriendly man. I walked out and went across the street to the mercantile. They were very nice and had terrific hot-from-the-oven cinnamon buns with maple creme icing!
  • The owner is rude and creepy. His behavior toward my wife was offensive. The food is overpriced and it's a tourist trap. Go to The Mercantile across the street and enjoy the people of Todd (owners and customers).