January 15, 2016

The Easley Country Store

    A reconstruction of the Easley Store sits on the northwest side of the street in the historical village, Boone Junction, at the Boone County Historical Society in Columbia, Missouri. In 1890, William Greene Easley established the store in the town of Easley in the river bottom of southwest Boone County. 
    The store served the surrounding community as a post office, gathering place, and general store. It remained within the Easley family for three generations and was in continuous operation for over a century. After train service through Easley ended in 1986, and the floods of 1993 and 1995 damaged the building and its contents, the store closed.
   The Society decided to reconstruct the store, a well-known landmark in Boone County, as an anchor to its new historic village. The Society completed reconstruction in 2007 and the replica officially opened in June of 2008. 
   Items from the original store include the pine flooring planks, five of the six windows, some of the trim, many of the roof boards, a sign painted in 1952 with the words "Raymond Easley General Store", and a part of a Coca-Cola advertisement painted on the north wall. A potbelly stove in the middle of the store provided the only source of heat in winter. 
To see the replica of the Easley Country Store, start at the Boone County Historical Society (3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201). You will find the historical village, Boone Junction, on the south side of the museum. The store is open during some special events. Tours can be arranged for four or more from April through October ($5 each) Call 573-443-8936 for current information.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating post. Thank you so much for sharing.