There are places that make you believe you stepped back in time and Ike's Amish Depot and General Store will make you feel you are back in 1940! Amish people can still get on a greyhound bus and go to another place by bus. Ike's has Amish clothes and other garments you can see up close. The Amish element of Ike's is limited compared to the other Amish stores around it. You go to Ike's for the antiques and memorabilia! Very little is for sale here because you come for the experience of seeing the 1940-1960's come alive. If you come on Saturdays then you can get a burger or hot dogs cooked on a griddle top like the old days with a milkshake maker from the 1930's! You get a true nostalgic experience around the old stove at Ike's Amish Depot and General Store!
The Story behind Ike's Amish Depot and General Store
Stories about the migration of people always find a way to be memorable. The story of Ike is another story of a man who moves to the south and sets up a general store upon retiring from the busy life in the north. Ira Ike Irving started the General Store in 1942 and just before the first Amish people came to Lawrence county. Soon after the Amish people moved in the road was popular with cars so he put up a front section and porch area on his store and became a well traveled stop for people going to Nashville and beyond on his new Greyhound bus stop! Today Ike's Amish Depot and General Store looks the same as it did in 1942 and you can experience the simpler times seeing the general store and all the stories it has! The busses next door make for a great photo opportunity while you are at the store!
The Time Machines
In the 1940's people had their own problems and many Lawrence county residence had to make hard choices. The General Store is how they got their groceries and news a lot of times. The headline newspapers and magazines would tell of the war effort and the threat of certain doomsday predictions. This period also had to make products go to shelves much like those at Ike's own shop. The mechanization of the food system was putting advertisements on all kinds of products and many of these advertisement items can be seen today at Ike's Amish Depot and General Store!
Oldies but Goodies
The memorabilia at Ike's Amish Depot is actually real and never a reprint or novelty. This is why very little is for sale in the store. Ike's Amish Depot is more like a museum with history lessons than a market in today's terms. The store looks like a movie set with everything in the right place. The owner sometimes dresses in overalls and looks like he himself came out of the 1940's along with the store! Kids love Ike's Amish Depot because there is a lot of things to see that are old and interesting. There's an old TV and soda pop machine along with a juke box and old payphone! Kids love these things!
Everyone loves the old TV and drink machines! Kids are interested in the old TV to see how far their own tv's have changed so much since the golden age of television. The drink machines are still in use today and you can buy an assortment of known drinks and a few specialty soda's or milk while in the store.
The original old wood stove is still used in the winter months and is a very interesting stove to see any time of year! When it is not in use you can open it and look inside and see how it works. There have been bands who have used the old stove and store as their album covers.
If you are a person who likes to take photos then Ike's Amish Depot is the place for you! The outside of the store is full of photo opportunities. The old truck and things close to the road are covered in kids in the summer as their parents get photos of them. Plenty of family photos are made with the old buses next to the dilly dally store just passed the parking area! The back lot is reserved for the Amish buggies to be parked while their owners are away on the greyhound bus. The Amish families come by and care for the horses until their family member returns. These areas let you get the whole experience of a true bus stop at Ike's Amish Depot and General Store!
There is just so much to see here at Ike's Amish Depot and General Store! See the Social Media Links below, along with the additional photos. It is our hopes that you put this place on your list of places to see while in Ethridge Tennessee and visiting the Amish community!
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