Monday, May 13, 2013

Newman Plantation Store, Edwards, Mississippi

Here is another old-fashioned country store near Utica and Edwards, Mississippi: the former Newman Plantation store.  It is at the corner of Newman and Canada Cross Roads.
Map of Edwards and vicinity, with other historic stores shown (from ESRI ArcMap software)

I have little any information about the store's history.  Unlike the nearby Yates store, no one came by to chat on this quiet Sunday afternoon.  The store had the long overhang typical of early gasoline stations.  According to Tidbits and Treasures, written by Mary Landin, "Newman  Plantation covered a large area around Newman, which is the crossroads of two historic county roads that did not used to have names. No Newmans ever  lived on what is now Newman Road, because their homes face what is now  called Canada Cross Roads. When the county named them, they named the one that the Newmans thought should have been named Newman Road, Canada Cross  Roads, which is a misnomer in itself, and named the road that went to Edwards  from Newman, Newman Road."  Ms. Landin is a local historian and advocate of small-town living.

The store is locked and protected with bars, but I was able to take one photograph through the dusty glass.
Interior of abandoned Newman country store
Look at the old cash register on the shelf in the lower left.  And is that a hot water radiator on the far wall?

Photographs taken with a Panasonic G3 camera with 9-18mm Panasonic lens or a 1949-vintage Leica 50 mm f/2 Summitar lens. The Summitar lens has been in the family since it was purchased new.


  1. I visited the Newman Store many times in my childhood. Newmans' house was right across the road.

  2. My great-grandmother lived in the house across the road. My mother was a Newman.

  3. I went by the store in 1975-1976, many times when I lived there. It was already closed and abandoned.