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Mast General Store - Valle Crucis

A visit to the North Carolina mountains wouldn't be complete without stopping at the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis.  On a recent summer visit to Banner Elk and Boone - my family and I stopped at the original store off Highway 194. From the outside to the inside, immediately you are taken back to a time when residents of local rural communities could find everything they needed at their local general or country store.  Here you can get keys made, get fishing and camping gear, mail a postcard, buy some homemade jam, and of course fill up on penny candy. While inside, you wish that the sound of the creaky wooden floors could tell stories of years gone by.  Shelves filled with nearly everything imaginable - toys, trinkets, cast iron cookware, books, and more.  Barrels filled with candy and coolers stocked with full glass soda bottles are a young child's dream come true. Seemingly endless barrels of candy can be found at the Mast Store Annex. The Mast General Store Annex - abo

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