2023: A 19th-Century Store: The St. James General Store

I live near the St. James General Store, which has been around since 1857. And it’s still active! While you can’t buy your grocery necessities, this general store houses the history of Long Island and New York.

A Bit of History

The front entrance of the St. James General Store.

  • Built by Ebenezer Smith in the late 1800s.
  • Early customers consisted mainly of farmers and sailors.
  • While it’s near the St. James Railroad Station, this store never attracted huge crowds.
  • Still has the design that was common between the late 1880s to the 1910s.

The First Floor

You can find bars of soap to all sorts of candy on the first floor. The floors are made of old wood, and you can hear them creak every time you walk.

Inside as soon as you enter. Candy, soaps, and other knick-knacks can be found here.

Before heading upstairs, you can view children’s toys and women’s accessories, from handbags to scarves.

There are many toys and pet memorabilia to choose from.

The Second Floor

Classical books range from Charles Dickens to Langston Hughes.

Book lovers rejoice! You’ll find books on the classics from Edgar Allen Poe to Louisa Mary Alcott. Also, plenty of historical books on the Victorian Age, Brooklyn, Long Island, and so much more reside here.

If you’d like to know more about Long Island and New York History

If you’re a fan of (late 19th century) history and enjoy walking through a time capsule, visit the St. James General Store!


St. James General Store
516 Moriches Rd,
St James, NY 11780

Check out this post for more info and history on the St. James General Store!


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