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F. P. Riggs Store

Riggs Store
F. P. Riggs Store
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  • Located Prospect Hill
  • Frank P. Riggs & Family Owner 1920s to 1950s
  • Talley Family Ran from 1950s

Historical Sketch

Unfortunately, this old store was demolished some years ago. The store was located near the Prospect Hill School campus on N. C. Highway 86 in the southeastern corner of Caswell County and operated by Frank Pierson Riggs (1897-1946). According to Frank's wife, Mary Bethel Holsomback of Person County, neighbors, friends, and relatives at times purchased goods from the store on credit. This included livestock feeds, garden seeds, food, dry goods, farming tools, gas, and oil. These customers would settle their accounts in the fall after taking some tobacco to market.

Here is a description of the store found in The Heritage of Caswell County North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 455:

The pot-bellied stove in the center of the store was the "central heating" enjoyed by the checker players and those who just stopped by to chat and catch up on the latest gossip and community news. Many a tobacco crop and garden were planned while sitting on boxes, crates, feed bags and whatever was handy, around this stove in Frank Riggs' store.

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This is just an overview of one of the many interesting community stores that have played an important part in the history of Caswell County. If you have stories, photographs, anecdotes, or any other materials relating to this community store or others in Caswell County, please send them to the CCHA or the CCHA Webmaster.

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