Country Store Museum
The Country Store Museum is located on the ground floor of Red Men's Hall,
housing the 'Historian's collection of post 1870 manufactured goods in a
setting of fixtures from the old Niantic Store. It exhibits a late 19th century
general store where local families shopped for necessities. Nostalgia pervades
this museum with its clutter. Yard goods, crockery, ground coffee, tobacco,
clothing, garden implements and an apothecary shop surround a pot belly stove
where a friendly game of checkers could be played next to the spittoon.
The shelves of The Country Store Museum are stocked with fabric on bolts, sewing accessories and lace, hardware, blue Mason jars, kerosene lamp globes and period boxes of goods. Portrayed at the store is country commerce-bartered homemade soap, baskets, home grown produce as well as pottery and tin ware from local tradesmen. The museum's original 1890 ledger from the Hereford Store reveals a great deal of this barter.