Williams Brothers General Store
No trip to the Philadelphia area would be complete without a stop at the 100+ year old Williams Brothers General Store. It’s still owned and operated by the Williams family, as in Olivia Williams Manning, wife of Archie and mother of Peyton and Eli (and Cooper too, to be fair). The Manning boys spent part of their childhood summers visiting their grandparents and working at the store, and there’s a real sense of pride in them. There are Peyton and Eli jerseys displayed and for sale, but the store doesn’t play on the relationship. It doesn’t need to. Williams is to country stores what the Mannings are to football.
It would be wrong to refer to Williams as just another general store. It’s not. It’s hard to describe because they sell virtually everything: hoop cheese, bacon cut to order, shoes, saddles, animal feed, groceries, clothing – you name it. The quality and diversity of their stock boggles the mind. Think Red Wing work boots and Spanx. Farm duds and Ralph Lauren. Tom’s shoes and cowboy boots.
Williams is technically in Williamsville – probably not by coincidence. And for what it’s worth, there are two Williamsvilles in Mississippi; this one outside Philadelphia, and another just south of Kosciusko, some 30-40 miles away.
What’s so special about Williams Brothers General Store?
The employees. You’ve never seen so many and they’re all friendly and helpful.