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Coolspring General Store (Lafayette Shaffer's General Merchandise Store)

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Lafayette Shaffer's General Merchandise Store
1904. 369 Coolspring Rd. (PA 3018)

As if frozen in 1904, this two-and-one-half-story, white frame general store retains all the elements associated with the era: wooden floors, penny-candy cases, benches, and a potbellied stove. The only change to the gable-fronted building has been the conversion of the upstairs space from an apartment and Odd Fellows Hall to a stained glass gallery. Down the street, the Coolspring Power Museum holds 250 internal combustion engines that illustrate 115 years of the machine's development.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Coolspring General Store (Lafayette Shaffer's General Merchandise Store)", [, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 469-469.

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