Five Points, Tennessee: The Big Red Store - Coffins, Moon Pies, etc.

Former World's Largest Country Store closed in 1950, was revived as a museum/soda fountain in 2006 to remind of the convenience of buying your ice cream sundaes and child-size coffins in the same building.
Address:
436 Appleton Rd, Five Points, TN
Directions:
East of Five Points, Appleton Rd and Blooming Grove Rd.
Phone:
931-556-2023
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Big Red Store.

The Big Red Store

If it wasn't for a few makeshift signs on the highway it would be easy to miss the Big Red Store. Situated on a lonely but picturesque country road, it seems amazing it was once a thriving enterprise. Linda Boyd and her husband who live next door to the store purchased and restored it to its former glory. It is only open on certain occasions, but you can call the number listed and Linda will open the store for you to visit.

[Darren And Donna, 08/17/2014]

Big Red Store.

The Big Red Store - Coffins, Moon Pies, etc.

The Big Red Store has many claims to fame. When it opened, it was hailed as the largest country store in the world. It's been called the world's first mall, claimed to have the fanciest soda fountain in the south (still there), and is a mile away from where a civil war skirmish involving Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest took place. A sign tells the story of the skirmish. The store contained everything you could imagine, including coffins. It was the sight of a U.S. Post Office from 1858-1949. The general store opened in 1902.

It closed its doors in 1950, and was renovated in 2006. It now houses a museum that contains many original items, including a child's coffin, the soda fountain, and original receipts. There's even an outhouse out back. There is a quilt block mural on the side of the building that is part of the Appalachian Quilt Trail.

[Ben Tate, 06/12/2011]

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