By 1910, only three general stores were located in the 6th District, and Allnutt was the exclusive retail wholesaler in Seneca. His vendors included Armour and Company, Maryland Biscuit Company, American Drug Company, International Harvester, and Standard Oil Company. The store also functioned as the town post office and gas station.
Even with a relatively remote location, the Seneca Store was a known destination. Exactly 26 miles from our nation’s capital, travelers would “turn right over the Seneca Creek to Seneca Store on right at (the) far end of (the) bridge.” Upon approaching Seneca, tourists were cautioned, “Seneca in the eyes of the local motorists in the “jumping off” place, there being nothing to welcome the visitor but the general storekeeper at the cross roads.” That welcoming face belonged to Frederick Allnutt.
The store remained in family hands until 1965, when employee Raymond E. Poole took over the reins of the business. Raymond and his wife, Billy, with their
At the turn of the last century, the Seneca Store was one of over a 100 general stores found throughout the county, but as this business celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001, there were less than 25 of these local mercantile operations that remained.
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The last proprietors of the store, Raymond and Billy Poole, were able to attract continued patronage despite the rise of big-box stores because local citizens and travelers alike could find everything they needed here—from hot dogs to soda to horse supplies and animal feed—and receive a warm reception from the shop owners who knew them on a first name basis. Courtesy: Mike Dwyer Collection.
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From 1965 until 2010, this mercantile operation was known as Poole’s Store. Courtesy:
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Artifacts unearthed beside the store for Montgomery Parks archaeologists suggest typical domestic activity in the mid-19th century. Carved bone handle, table utensil; Blue-edged Pearlware plate rim.
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This 1900 public sale ad indicates when Allnutt purchased the property, it was quite extensive with several outbuildings no longer standing today, including a cooper shop and a tenant house. Courtesy: Collection of the Maryland State Archives.
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Location. 39° 4.79′ N, 77° 20.437′ W. Marker is in Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seneca Mill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Seneca Store (a few steps from this marker); Seneca (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Seneca Schoolhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seneca Schoolhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rowser’s Ford (approx. ¾ mile away); The Seneca Aqueduct (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Seneca (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
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