|Original store 1912-1952, photographer facing west|
|Store built in 1952, photographer facing east|
The rural location of the store allowed it to thrive during the "old days". However, the combination of the rise of the automobile, and the era of the large big-box stores, forced the family to close the doors in 2012.
There is a nice, short, three-minute video on the store that was shot before it became a remnant. It gives you a great feel for the interior of the store, and some of the regulars, but centers around Broughton Stancil. You can view it here "Stancil's Store" by Kos Films
A good article on the store featured in the October, 2011 edition of Smoke Signals newspaper can be accessed by the following link:
Smoke Signals Article
Sadly, as Mr. Stancil states in the video"It's got to where there's not much place for a country store any more."