Everyone seems to love visiting an old general store...the older, the better.

General stores began popping up in pre-statehood Michigan during the 1700s and 1800s, mainly in remote areas where there was a lack of merchandise, but enough people to warrant a shop.

These shops handled food and many types of merchandise, like tools, farm implements, clothes, soap, cleaning products, grain, seed, fertilizer, reading material, knick-knacks, novelties, souvenirs, and other items.

Fortunately, there are still many of these original old stores still standing, as well as many still in use.

Take a look at fifty old Michigan general stores below!


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