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Causeyville General Store

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Causeyville General Store - Lauderdale County, Mississippi

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Hurricane Katrina still Original Causeyville Trading Post crops up every so often during a conversation among Causeyville residence, and the bright metal roof on the general store is a reminder of the stormís wrath. Built in 1895, the "new" Causeyville General Store occupies the lot adjacent the original 1869 trading post and lumber mill. The old trading post contains the workings of a grist mill, and equipment is run by an International Harvester tractor. Corn meal and grits are turned out during brief exhibitions. Next door, the storeís gas pumps have quietly disappeared, and vandals have taken off with antique metal advertisement signs on the exterior walls. But town residents have fond memories of these two main buildings of the Causeyville (Increase) Historic District.
   Inside the store, Causeyville General Store - Lauderdale County, Mississippi every nook and cranny is either filled with merchandise or century old memorabilia. Vintage movie posters and photographs line the walls. Inside, a "drugstore Indian" stands by to greet store patrons. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Causeyville General Store no longer operates as a full-time convenience store. Once housing a post office, doctorís office, barbershop, and motion picture theater, the store is well off the beaten track east of Meridian. One of those rarities in todayís world of mega box stores, the general store may be toured by request.

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