Long before iPads and electronic devices topped wish lists to Santa, children longed for simpler pleasures such as fishing, Hiking, camping, battery-free games and chasing fire flies. The clean air and mountains inspires the nostalgia of yesteryear, so do old-fashioned general stores across North Carolina, Betsey's carries on that tradition by offering simple products while in the Wilson Creek area. Known daily for the "Hot Dogs are on" mantra, Bruce and his team are always on the front porch welcoming guests and offering friendly advice with a slice of humor and wit!
A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book.
~Robert M. Gates
Out of necessity, country stores, or general stores, got their start during the colonial period for the many pioneers who lived outside urban markets. Many owners of these mercantiles began as roving peddlers and once they had accumulated enough capital and inventory, they often established permanent locations in settlements where there was a need and likely profit. Sometimes, the town itself would take its name from the store itself. This was not necessarily because the area residents wanted it that way; but, when the number of area residents grew large enough, the post office was generally located in the General Store. And who was the potential postmaster that requested a post office and name? -- The proprietor of that very same establishment. Sometimes, the owner was also the town clerk, served as Justice of the Peace, or even an undertaker.
Folks around these parts know Betseys's for our daily Hotdogs and fresh sandwiches made on local bread and cuts of meat! Once you step into our quaint little store you will find a selection of more than 10 different craft sodas from around the Carolina's alongside jams, jellies, pickled items, local honey and various candies. We also offer cold sports drinks and bottled water for the active, just looking for a cool drink.
Along with our Lunches, we sell firewood + fire starters to make your experience while visiting Wilson Creek a cozy one. Since you're here for the wood, grab your s'mores ingredients and campfire sticks.
We also offer families the chance of catching one of our happy trout from the pond (fee applies) and as always directions and advice for a place or two to hike and maps to explore the breathtaking waterfalls of this area.