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Onward Store, The

The grocery store located on legendary Highway 61 has been a staple of the community while owners came and went during the years. In 2012 Mollie Vandevender bought the historic general store and gave it a physical and culinary makeover. Today The Onward Store has a full menu for both lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

http://theonwardstore.com

The Stories

Back in 1902 a black bear was saved near Onward, Mississippi when President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear that was tied to a tree. It became the most famous bear hunt in America, and launched the birth of the Teddy bear—America’s favorite toy. In 1913, a small general store was built nearby to serve the community...

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Credit to: Hotty Toddy

http://hottytoddy.com/2014/01/29/the-onward-store/

The Delta is vast; miles and miles of flat, open farmland rich in cotton, although many of its residents are amongst the poorest people in the United States. This area of Mississippi, in particular, was dominated by plantations, slaves and cotton picking back in the 1800’s. However, in modern days the Delta truly is rural America and rural life no longer has the same appeal due to dwindling populations, a once promising local economy rapidly in decline and unemployment twice the national average...

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Credit to: Sarah, Memoirs of an Amateur Cook

https://memoirsofanamateurcook.com/2014/07/02/travel-the-mississippi-delta-and-pulled-pork-sandwiches-at-onward-store-rolling-fork-mississippi/

Great place to eat or just browse around. A lot of history is captured in this little place and it is worth a stop just to walk in the past for a while. The store has many unusual gifts and unique collectables that should satisfy all who stop in. Amber, the general manager, is a kind hearted christian woman who ensures the store presents a warm and inviting atmosphere. Her spirit lifting attitude helps make the store very appealing.

Credit to: Cris Sullivan


Credit to: Kenneth Kramm


When I was growing up in the Mississippi Delta, the Onward Store was one of many that dotted U.S. “Blues” Highway 61 between Memphis and Vicksburg. Former plantation commissaries, they bore the names of the tiny towns (Onward, Egremont, Panther Burn, Percy) where they were virtual headquarters for the residents and pit stops for the rest of us. We went for Cokes and cold beer, pickled eggs and a pay phone. But by the end of the twentieth century, as the land surrounding them required fewer and fewer people to cultivate, most fell into disrepair. The store at Onward, founded in 1913, was no exception...

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Credit to: Julia Reed, Garden & Gun

http://gardenandgun.com/article/mississippi-onward-store

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