We are proud to be on WVLiving's list of 101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia and hope that your visit is a memorable experience. Our menu features hand-pulled BBQ smoked on premise, fresh salads and soup from scratch, panini's, ice cream and more.
Shop our craft beer and wine collection for your weekend adventure. Browse our gourmet pantry foods section, featuring jam and jelly from local farms. Discover pieces from sought-after and yet-to-be-discovered artists. And don't miss our brand new pop-up, coming Spring 2017!
Just like the good old days, we encourage you to take your time and relax while discovering the intricacies of The Lost River General Store! If you'd like a longer stay, we would love to have you as a guest at The Inn at Lost River. Reservations even include a spending allowance for the store.
A little history
Over a century ago, The Lost River General Store was built to serve as the center of commerce for Lost River, West Virginia. According to original store ledgers, it was the place where farmers would mill their grain, purchase goods including leather, whiskey, kerosene, and coffee, and socialize with one another.
Constructed in 1898, The Lost River General Store is a vernacular Victorian two-story, front gable, wood frame building with a one-story porch. The walls are sheathed in German siding, and the roof is covered in standing-seam metal. An outhouse sits behind the store that was built by a Works Progress Administration (WPA) crew operating out of the Lost River Valley in the 1930s. It is now the fanciest outhouse you’ll ever ever lay your eyes on. Yes, a fancy outhouse.
During the 1900s, The Lost River General Store building also housed the Lost River Post Office. Though it was not the first store in Lost River, it has managed to stay in business the longest.
In 2005, Ted and Toni Harvey of Virginia purchased the historic property home to both The Inn at Lost River and The Lost River General Store. In 2006, The Lost River General Store was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, serving primarily tourists, the store holds true to its roots, a general store feel with a modern twist. Visitors can shop an array of product including antiques, art, wine and craft beer, gourmet pantry items, and enjoy a full-service cafe menu that changes with the seasons.