Tarkington General Store

Join us for the Arts & Ag Tour Saturday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for a flea market of antiques and collectibles. While you’re here, grab a plate of BBQ and stay for the Harvest Time Band who’ll be performing live bluegrass from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Tarkington General Store is located in a deep hollow on Hassell’s Creek in Hickman Co., 50 miles west of Nashville.  It was established in 1927 by R.D. and Edith Tarkington and not only the local grocery, selling overalls, nails, gas, horse shoes, a wonderful bologna sandwich and much more; it also housed the local blacksmith, grist mill, and barber.  People gathered on the old store front porch to play checkers or talk about current events.  In the early years R.D., with his horse and wagon below, would deliver store items to the local community.  When R.D. and Edith retired in 1978, C.W. and Elizabeth Tarkington and their daughter Pam Allen took over. After C.W. and Elizabeth retired in 2002 it was continued in operation by daughters Pam and Linda. Cousins Elizabeth and Joe Thornton then operated the business for a short time.  Today it is rented for music and special events.

Click here to find out what in the world these fine ladies and gentlemen are doing in the creek out back Tarkington General Store.

Click here to watch Opry Legends jam old time country at Tarkington’s


2 thoughts on “Tarkington General Store

  1. Well Howdy, we enjoyed our visit to the store yesterday 4/26/14 immensely. Everyone was so friendly, even the old timers came over, more than happy to visit and tell some history. We went there so early and couldn’t stay for the music and am sorry for that. And oh my I found some vintage items just had to have, what fun. We are from the Little Rock Ark area and with the threating weather coming in today thought it best to head back home. We will come back when the music starts, dig out some more goodies from the barn, and get lunch ready, see you. P.S. was great to see the group gathered cleaning up the cemetery and taking good care of it.

    • Thanks for your comment, Annette Hubble! Tarkington Store was on the 2012 Arts & Ag Tour, and it is a special landmark in Hickman County, with a wealth of history, and great bluegrass music. We hope you can return next month for the 2014 Arts & Ag Tour, with over 30 stops on the Tour, May 23 and May 24, with arts and music at almost every stop!

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