This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Munden Point Country Stores

Vincent Eugene Craddock whom we all know as Gene Vincent (previous post) grew up in Munden Point, Virginia where his parents Kie and Mary ran a country store. 
I tried to track down the country store that they ran to see what became of it but couldn't do so.  I did find a photo taken by Iva Nash on a Smithsonian photo site (click here) titled "Munden's An Old Country Store" but as stated I was unable to verify that it was the same one that the Craddock's ran before they moved to Norfolk.
However, I did land on this great site  discussing several of the old country stores in the Munden Point area (click here.)  Many of the stories about and descriptions of the old country stores are worth reading.  For instance check out this account:
Jimmy Cason said that another reason for so many small stores up and down Princess Anne County and here across the Island.... Not everyone drove. Most people walked. For example, my Grandma and Grandpa Cason came from Swan Island by boat and then walked from the South End to Eddie Mundens for the Mail and what groceries they needed. To the best of my knowledge Grandpa (Lundy Cason Sr) never owned a car. For all I know he didn't know how to drive. Therefore people needed a store within walking distance from their homes. I have a friend in Pungo (Mr. Land) he is in his 80s. He told me that when he was growing up near the sandpit just south of "Blooms" at Sandbridge and Princess Anne Rd, that his family went to the Va. Beach ocean front....just a few miles up the road... only twice a year ! July 4th and Labor Day for fireworks and church socials. As he put it "no one ran up and down the roads like they do today" either because they didn't have an automobile or they didn't have a need to. Everything they needed they either grew on their own farms or got at the local general stores.

Great isn't it?  Everything they needed they either grew or got at the local store.  That's the way it was and the way it should be don't you think?

Guess another Gene Vincent tune is in order then:

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