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Both located on hwy 194, and only a few tenths of a mile apart, these are good places to go for buying anything from old fashioned candy and soda, to camping gear and clothing. We made sure we came here every time we were in town. Check out the site below for more history on this, the first Mast General Store, since 1883.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: hwy 194
Directly behind the annex and up the hill a ways is a trail head that climbs steeply through the woods about a mile to the foot of a waterfall. Often we would even take night hikes up this way. In my freshman year, myself and a group of kids from the dorm got it in our heads that we were going to be adventurous and hike as far along the stream as we could (while most people stop at the foot of the waterfall and turn back). We hiked what must have been four miles or so uphill where there really was no path, trudging through the stream itself at times until we came upon someone's property and a barb wired fence. Only then did we turn back. I have pictures somewhere of this belligerent expedition that I will post soon hopefully.
Written May 1, 2005
Nearby College town and plenty of stuff to do. If Valle Crucis is too tame for you then come down the mountain aways and check out all the nightlife in Boone. Go to my Boone page for more info.
Written May 1, 2005
Open since 1883 and carrying everything from cradles to caskets, the original Mast General Store is something to behold and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can and will find items and staples from the 19th century as well as contemporary items.
Look for hard-to-find items or simply browse and check all the memorabilia from decades ago that adorn the walls, floors and ceilings.
You can close your eyes and imagine that 100 years ago the people were doing the same thing as they are today.
There is plenty of parking around back on the west side (gas pump) of the main building and they opened the 100-year-old schoolhouse the weekend I was there to hold a craft fair and sale.
Sit out back of the store and enjoy a Nehi Orange or Grape Soda while rocking in one of the many rocking chairs on the back deck.
Open Mon-Sat from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. & Sunday 12-6 p.m.
What to buy: There is old-time mercantile specializing in old-fashioned candy and soft drinks; locally home-made food products; furniture; household goods; animal goods, etc.
Also, traditional clothing from flannels and boxers to wool shirts, silkwear, jewelry, sleepwear and hats.
You can also find travel and trail outfitters from backpacks & sleeping bags to camping stoves, Swiss Army knives, maps, compasses, GPS units, and tents.
Finally, rugged and casual footwear from flip-flops (USD $5.00) to walking, hiking and backpacking shoes and boots, socks and insoles.
Look for special old-time candies like Boston Baked Beans, Rock candy, rootbeer barrells, fudge, wax bottles, 1 pound jawbreakers and salt water taffy. Candy is USD $5.50 per pound.
What to pay: I found bargains of home-made household items (candles & rugs) that were extreme bargains plus hard-to-find items that were at or below normal retail prices.
Updated Nov 13, 2007
Address: Highway 194 Valle Crucis, N.C. 28691