The Bynum General Store (also known as the Harris and Farrell General Store) in Bynum, North Carolina, an old mill town on the Haw River between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Bynum mill closed in 1983 (and burned in 2001) and the store which also served as the local post office closed in 2006. Since then it has been used a community center and music venue.
In 1939 while working for the Farm Security Administration documenting farmers during the Depression, photographer Dorothea Lange produced several images in North Carolina. One of my favorites (directly below) was entitled Crossroads Store, Person County, North Carolina. Shot on the porch of Baynes Store in Gordonton, it is an image of black sharecroppers and the store owner taking a break on a Sunday afternoon. Simply put, it's an extraordinary photograph.
I was up in Person County and stopped by the crossroads. The old store still stands there some 74 years later, and is now used as a barn. Part of it on the left has been torn down and the signs, the steps and the pumps are long gone, but the same cedar posts still hold up the porch roof.
(Top and bottom photographs copyright 2013 by Dan Routh. Center image by Dorothea Lange/United States Library of Congress)