Ira V. Ferguson (b.1894-1932), opened his small store in 1921 on
Ferguson Road, near Clear Creek Baptist Church. His store was unique due
to its stone cellar that provided refrigeration for milk, butter,
buttermilk, eggs, cheese fruit, and vegetables.
Twice a week in the summer time, the iceman brought a huge block of ice
and dropped it to the cellar to help keep it cool. Straw and creek
gravel were placed on the floor to provide drainage and absorption.
Today the store holds a treasure of collections past which draw visitors
into another era. From old timey games and mercantile relics to the
Post Office counter, the store makes you feel as if you have truly
stepped back in time.
The store symbolizes what was once the center of small North Carolina
communities - a place where you purchased necessities, picked up your
mail, and perhaps engaged in a little gossip.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a game of checkers and tell a tale or two.