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Woodbury’s Quaint Square Welcomes Old-Timey General Store

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

On November 22nd, Woodbury will be receiving a new general store.

As a youngster, passing through Woodbury on my family’s travels from Nashville to McMinnville to see the grandparents used to be one of my most terrifying experiences, imagining our car careening off the winding hillside curves. But new highways have curbed (forgive the pun) that fear.

With the aid of an art-loving nephew, the discovery of the Arts Center of Cannon County brought a rediscovery and appreciation of Woodbury, thanks to the outstanding plays, most often musicals, and the excellent artwork featured in its gallery.

But some of Woodbury’s most enduring features are found on the Square around the Cannon County Courthouse where dozens of small businesses offer up treasured delights.

One of those treasures, the Iron Pig, will soon be joined by an old-timey General Store recently opened by Iron Pig owners Joe and Alicia Abney.

In its current location at 103 N. Cannon St., the Iron Pig boasts two stories of nearly 2,000 square-feet of space housing nearly 40 dealers offering furniture ranging from vintage, primitive and farmhouse decorating styles.

Merchandise at the Iron Pig offers a wide variety of temptations ranging from just about every imaginable form of furniture to glassware, jewelry, Dixie Belle chalkpaint for the do-it youself-ers, collectibles and everything in between – even Amish wedding food!

Its name came from its original owners, Trish and George Forst, who founded the antique store in 2013. Since George was a millwright and Trish had a passion for rescuing pigs for the Cannon County Community for Animals – voila! The Iron Pig was born.

The Abney’s recently opened IPA General Store, located around the corner from the Iron Pig at 117 N. Cannon St., offers visitors a travel back in time with an array of sweet treats remembered fondly from our youth – including fudge, hard candies, Moon Pies and a cooler full of cold bottled sugar-cane drinks.

The general store will also have vintage, primitive and farmhouse furniture that can be customized by color.

In case that’s not enough temptation, the Abneys hope to add a working soda fountain/old-fashioned ice cream parlor along with a coffee bar in the future.

Hours at the Iron Pig and General Store are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. For more information, find them on Facebook!

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