Old North Carolinas Gems: Part IV

Here at AAA, we love our local mom and pop establishments. You don't have to go to a museum to learn about our small-town history. Check out these old North Carolina gems to learn about our state's colorful past:


Just taste their famous pimento cheese or chicken salad, and you will know why Conrad & Hinkle in Lexington, North Carolina has been around since 1919. Conrad & Hinkle has always served the Lexington community as a food market and over the years has expanded their products and services to keep up with the times. In addition to plenty of local products, Conrad & Hinkle's carries hand-cut meats to order as well as a wide variety of fresh local fruits and vegetables. 


M.A. Pace General Store in Saluda, North Carolina is celebrating its 112th year as the store where you can find just about anything. The quintessential general store from your childhood has original wood floors, quirky products not to be found anywhere else, and the nicest customer service you could ask for. From groceries, local produce, and souvenirs to high-topped shoes, memorabilia, and other eclectic merchandise, M.A. Pace is a living history warehouse. 


Old Mill of Guilford in Oak Ridge, North Carolina was founded in 1767 on Beaver Creek to grind grain for early settlers of what is now Guilford County. The mill continues to produce all-natural, stone-ground whole grain foods as well as other local fine foods and crafts. The Old Mill makes all-natural cornmeal, grits, and flour as well as many mixes for muffins, pancakes, biscuits, hushpuppies, and more. Look for the giant red waterwheel on the side of the road as you head through Oak Ridge on N.C. Highway 68 and you've found the Old Mill. 


Step up to the massive lunch counter at Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop in Brevard and be transported back in time. Part of the local downtown scene since 1941, Rocky's serves up delicious hot dogs any way you like them, tasty hamburgers, and of course, an assortment of thick and creamy milkshakes, sundaes, and waffle cones. Make sure to stop by D.D. Bullwinkel's next door for all of the latest in outdoor wear, clothing, gifts, and more.


If you pass through eastern North Carolina near Bath, don't miss Oden’s Store and Antiques in Pinetown. Established in 1896, Oden's carries all sorts of treasures like antique furniture, old tools, depression glass, and much more. Make sure you have time to look and poke around every corner, or you might miss something. If you love to go antiquing, Oden's is a must visit. 

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