Hey Y'all found themselves in the middle of nowhere... AGAIN. And guess what? We absolutely LOVED it! Our adventure led us to the charming Old Delina Country Stor, a hidden gem that oozes history, community, and a whole lot of heart. 🏡❤️
As we approached the front porch, we were greeted with warm smiles by none other than the store's owner, Larry Payne, and his daughter, Jadyn. Larry, a man who enjoys the simple pleasures in life, spends his free time perched on the porch, watching the "busy" crossroads for any traffic that comes their way. He and his lovely wife, Jeanetta, took the reins of this beloved establishment nine years ago, turning it into a labor of love for both their community and this historic building.
Now, before you rush to correct our spelling, let's clarify - it's STOR! Just take a glance at the sign above the front door. When creating the sign, they ran out of room for the "e" at the end of "store," so they left it as is. Hence, it's known as the "stor." Don't you just love a great sense of humor? 😄
Stepping inside the stor is like stepping back in time. The screen doors creak and slam shut, the tables are inviting and comfortable, and the Menü is deli-style and homemade. So take a moment to sit a spell, slow down, visit with others, and relish being in the middle of nowhere. 🕰️🍽️
"They have a saying here," Larry tells us with a twinkle in his eye, "Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere. And sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself!" It's a philosophy that resonates deeply with anyone seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The store itself is a relic of the past, having been built in 1892. The well-worn wooden floors inside bear witness to the countless footsteps of those who have passed through. The tin ceiling overhead was salvaged from an 1800s farmhouse, the shelves and counter are original to the store, and the rustic barn wood that adorns the walls comes from a barn constructed in the 1700s.
In the heart of the store, you'll find the star attraction during colder months—a large potbelly iron stove. This beautiful stove not only warms the building but also serves as a cozy gathering spot for friends and strangers alike. 🔥❄️
Old Delina Country Stor is not just in the middle of nowhere; it's at the center of a thriving community. After spending some time here, you can't help but feel a longing for a simpler time. The antiques scattered throughout the store provide a sense of nostalgia for bygone eras.
We've been saying it for some time now: get off the main road and see where the road less traveled takes you. Don't just Travel Tennessee... EXPERIENCE TENNESSEE. 🚗✨
So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Old Delina Country Stor, immerse yourself in the charm of this historic gem, and savor the beauty of finding yourself in the middle of nowhere. It's a journey you won't want to miss! 🗺️🌟