Tidewater Times June 2019

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The Worst-Kept Store in America by James Dawson Sa m Jone s’ store, nat iona l ly known as the worst-kept country store in America, was located in Church Creek, six miles west of Cambridge, Md. A huge inventory of everything from meats and cheeses to old clothes and shoes was piled in a tumbledown barn-like building that hadn’t tumbled down yet only because all the clutter jammed inside was holding it up. The store received statewide at-

tention when an article by Carol W h a r ton t it le d S am H. Jone s: Mackerel-Barrel Philosopher appeared in the Aug. 4, 1946 issue of the Baltimore Sun. Wharton wrote that this ramshackle old building sagged in the middle like a tired old horse and the sheds added on either side to house the overf low of oddments threatened to collapse in the gentlest breeze. The gray, weathered building had

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