The Little Country Store, 1790
In 1790 Joshua B. Little and his wife, Susan, built what would become the Hart Square Country Store. Located on the outskirts of Conover, the one and a half story structure was falling down when Paul Hedrick told Bob about it. Thinking there might be a few salvageable logs, Bob and Becky headed over to Conover one Saturday. The log structure, as did an outhouse, stood behind a contemporary house from whose porch a woman in a rocking chair said her husband would be along in a minute. “He came out of the outhouse, hooking up his overalls,” Bob says. “I assumed the outhouse was a relic like the log house.” The man abruptly asked Bob what he wanted, and Bob got to the point. “His wife,” Bob says, “jumped up and said he couldn’t sell it. Uncle So-and-So was coming to live in that house!” “He’s not coming,” the man said. “He’s ninety years old. I’m going to burn it to the ground tonight if I don’t sell it today! Whadda give me for it?” he said, turning to Bob. “No, I won’t take three hundred,” the man said. “Leave the tin, and you can have it for two fifty.”
Bob needed to move the house in a hurry before the wife could prove persuasive, and so he rounded up Paul and his brother, Claude, and moved it the next day, in 1981. Later the man and wife warmed up to him and even gave him the deeds to the old house, confirming its date, 1790.