Summit General Store: Family owned and operated.
Billed as Rhode Island's Only Real General Store, Summit General Store offers Feed, Farm Supplies, Greene Post Office, Groceries and Deli all under one roof.
Originally when we lived in RI, this store was in Summit a little way off the main highway. But the highway has been straightened and no longer turns up to the intersection. We went up
the hill toward Harkney Hill Road and found Old Summit Road and when we drove down that we found the general store. The old Greene PO for the area which was in the store in Greene is now here in this store.
We talked to the boy in the store and he said the original owners bought it in 1968 (two years before we moved here) and it was being run by the children of the family and their spouses. One of the spouses was an old man behind the deli counter.Related to:
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Greene Off The Beaten Path
There used to be a plant nursery in Greene (which was why we had a PO - they did a lot of mail order business). They specialized in herbs and wild flowers.
This is a picture of the Marsh Marigold that bloomed by our pond.Related to:
We used to swim in this pond, which was on the RI, Conn border. There were no facilities here except a little beach. The access was by dirt road off the highway
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Favorite thing: What is in Western Coventry?
When we lived there, there were two small libraries, two gas stations, a plant nursery, a Post Office, a lumber yard, a church, general store and a small antique shop. These things were distributed between the small village of Greene (post office, gas station, plant nursery and library) and Summit (school, general store, lumber yard, gas station, church and library)
What is still there? Well Summit still has the Western Coventry School (one of the Feinstein Leadership Schools). The general store and the lumber yard are still there. The gas station and library are gone. Greene no longer has the plant nursery, the gas station or the post office - the former Greene post office is now in the General Store in Summit. All that remained that I recognized was the library. There is also a fire station which I didn't remember.
Carbuncle Pond is still there of course
Fondest memory: The girls would stand across the highway and get the bus in the morning, and there were very few stops before the bus got to the school. But in the afternoon, they did the whole circuit and got off the bus last. This seemed fair to me.
One day a week they would go to the 4-H leaders house and I would pick them up there. Three days a week I picked them up from school to go (on Monday) to music lessons and then Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to swim team. Tuesday after swim team, we got dinner at McDonalds and then went to Providence to the ice rink for ice skating. Wednesday they had gymnastics after school and I picked them up and Friday they had ballet after school.
Saturday was Girl Scouts or Brownies and sometimes horseback riding in the spring or fall, and we also went ice skating on the weekends.Related to:
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