EXPEREINCE EVERYDAY LIFE IN 19TH CENTURY FRESNO COUNTY - The General Store

 

Curator of Public Life Donna Braden of the Henry Ford Innovation Museum shares the history of general stores in America. General stores stocked a variety of goods, yet they were organized shopping environments. Within their planned spaces, customers had ample opportunity to see, feel, and even taste the goods. Stores were divided into "departments," such as groceries, tableware, household equipment, and hardware. The 1880s-era J. R. Jones General Store in Greenfield Village was one such store.

This store, originally located in Waterford, Michigan, was the first building Henry Ford brought to Greenfield Village. From 1882 to 1888, storekeeper J. R. Jones sold products like coffee, sugar, fabric, and shoes here. The store also served as a community gathering place, for customers to exchange news, socialize, and pick up mail.

Video Credit: This segment was produced as part of the Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, hosted by Mo Rocca.

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