©2019 by Renee Balfour

During the 19th and 20th centuries, a general store could be found in almost every community. Although many of these stores no longer exist, Possum’s Store remains. Located in the village of Criglersville, Madison County, Virginia, Possum’s Store (originally McAllisters General Store, circa 1890), maintains many of the original features inside and out. 

 

The old store has a long history as a social center for the community and has been a gathering place for many generations. Possum’s Store, Art and Artisan Gallery continues that tradition. Hosting Virginia art and artisans, music events and artist workshops, Possum’s Store is a gathering place and a creative center in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Possum's Store was one of the original general stores for Criglersville, built circa 1890. 

Herbert Hoover often stopped at the store on his was to Rapidan River, the first presidential camp. He chose the location because he was an avid trout fisherman. 

A favorite gathering place around the potbelly stove with owner Curtis Gibbs, during the 50s.