Kissimmee in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
A General Store
— Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek —
This building is a replica of the H.E. Page store of Narcoossee, FL, circa 1880. Constructed in the typical fashion of General stores built during this period, it features a simple architectural style that is unadorned and includes a false facade (or front wall) that is larger than the interior. This “boomtown” front is consistent with the style of front is consistent with the style of other commercial buildings of the region and era. General store merchants received shipments from larger cities, such as Tampa or Orlando, and stocked items for settlers as well as local businesses.
The 19th century was much different
Products and Produce
Commercial products may have looked a bit different more than a century ago, but they still satisfied the settlers’ needs. General stores carried household needs such as soap, toothpaste, hair combs, pots, cleaners, towels, canned food, and raw hides, as well as basic daily items like syrup, coffee, and tea. Other items such as flour were sold in bulk quantities as it was impossible to just “run around the corner “ to shop for supplies. Merchants also carried basic ingredients and raw materials such as cloth, which was used to sew women’s and children’s garments at home. Men’s garments were typically purchased at the general store.
General stores also carried equipment and supplies for area businesses. Farmers, citrus growers, and cowmen could count on the general store to carry some of their basic needs, including seeds, ledgers, farming
Cash or Trade?
Do you have gold, paper or something to barter with? If so, you can shop. Merchants rarely extended credit and plastic cards were not invented until the 1960s.
Hill General Store
Two unidentified men pose on the porch of “Hills Store.” Frederick Hill’s son, Victor, followed in his father’s footsteps, eventually owning a store of his own.
Hill & Tupper Store, circa 1900
Frederick W. Hill’s general store was conveniently near the railroad depot in Narcoossee when the tracks were laid in 1889. The railroads brought cargo and mail, and as postmaster at various times between 1887-1906, it was Hill’s job to pick up the mail. Courtney Jamie’s Vans/ Family Archives
H.E. Page Store circa 1890
This photograph of the H.E. Page store, once located in Narcoossee, showers the remoteness of the area during its early period. Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society
Miller’s Store Interior circa 1900
Men pose inside a general store with a variety of items for sale in the background. General stores were known to carry a selection of everyday items for the settlers. Note the kerosene lamps and a stove-pipe toward the rear of the store. Courtesy Osceola County Historical Society
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 28° 19.101′ N, 81° 27.366′ W. Marker is in Kissimmee, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker can be reached from Babb Road, 0.6 miles north of Old Vineland Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker located within the Frontier Village at Shingle Creek. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2491 Babb Road, Kissimmee FL 34746, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Community-Centered Schools (a few steps from this marker); A British Officer Finds Paradise in Florida (a few steps from this marker); Discover Frontier Communities (a few steps from this marker); Bunk House (a few steps from this marker); Cadman Kitchen (a few steps from this marker); Congregations (within shouting distance of this marker); Ranch House (within shouting distance of this marker); Radcliffe Cadman Bros. Packing House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kissimmee.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.