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Lebanon in Wilson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Pete Smith's Store

Middle Tennessee Electric Museum

 
 
Pete Smith's Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Karen Emerson-McPeak, circa September 23, 2017
1. Pete Smith's Store Marker
Inscription.  Pete Smith opened his original store August 1, 1927, when cokes were a nickel a bottle, a gallon of gas cost 14 cents plus 6 cents tax and T.O. "Pete" Smith drove a Model T Ford pickup when he went into business at Doak's Cross Roads. He opened the store in 1927 and in 1929 the Great Depression came and nobody had any money. He said "nobody had any money, people didn't live much, they just got by." The small general store supplied the community with groceries and gas and was a gathering place for checker games and rook.

Because of road improvements to Cainsville Road, Pete's Store was moved directly across the road in 1959. In 1980, he sold the store to George Spain. Pete retired after running the store for 52 years.

Pete Smith's Store was relocated to Fiddlers Grove on July 15, 2005.

Middle Tennessee Electric displays early electric appliances and early history of electricity in Wilson County.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
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Pete Smith's Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Karen Emerson-McPeak, September 23, 2017
2. Pete Smith's Store
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36° 11.859′ N, 86° 16.293′ W. Marker is in Lebanon, Tennessee, in Wilson County. Marker can be reached from Fiddlers Grove Court. Located in Fiddler's Grove Historic Village James E Ward Center Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lebanon TN 37087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Forbes Cabin (here, next to this marker); Melrose Church (here, next to this marker); Mr. Luther's Blacksmith Shop and Broom Factory (here, next to this marker); Peyton Smokehouse (here, next to this marker); Stewart Cabin (here, next to this marker); Livesay Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Thompson-Partlow Cabin and Smokehouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cartmell Cabin (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
 
Pete Smith's Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Karen Emerson-McPeak, September 23, 2017
3. Pete Smith's Store Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2017. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2017, by Karen Emerson-McPeak of Triune, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2017, by Karen Emerson-McPeak of Triune, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 27, 2022