|"The Old Store"
Jefferson County, MS
1840 - 2004
|The "Old Store" sat across from Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery, in the
village of Union Church, for over 160 years. I guess we'd all come to
believe it was indestructible, but that was not the case. Fire destroyed the
historic building on September 8, 2004.
It meant a great deal to the people of the community and to those of us
whose ancestors and families had been a part of the community for so many
generations. We are so very sad for its loss.
|Rayford and Bertha Varnado, who
purchased the Old Store in 1973,
warm themselves by the stove, which
was still in use.
|My son, Jim, sitting on the porch of the Old Store,
where his 3-g-grandparents shopped, on one of our
visits to Union Church.
|The store was originally built by the
Cato family in 1840.