Part of a continuing series about places to explore in the Garden State.
You don’t go to the Oldwick General Store for the food, you go for a drive in the country and for the atmosphere. It’s only about a 45 minute drive from Baristaville, but with the blazing white country church right across the street, you’ll feel like you’re in a small New England town.
The store, which functions more as a deli and grill than it does a general store, offers counter service. They’ll make you a sandwich, a burger, an omelette or a salad. You put in your order, choose one of the small cozy rooms to sit in (some of which will remind you of a much higher-priced country tavern) and then they call your name. Or you can look around in the front room, where lanterns and boots hang from the ceiling, where you pour yourself a cup of coffee, buy a paper, look in the bakery case or buy an Oldwick General Store t-shirt to take home.
People in the area treat the Oldwick General Store like we do Cafe Eclectic or Starbucks: a place to hang out and meet friends, or just chill for a couple hours reading the paper. But you can go there and sit all day with a laptop, working on the Great American Novel and no one will mind. And since this is the country, there are no worries about parking. There’s a generous lot right behind the store.
Afterwards, wander up the street to the Julian Gage Home Collection, an antiques store lodged in a converted church.
For more history of the inn, check out this fourth grader’s paper on the most historic place in his town.
You can find it all here.