Poole’s General Store

Poole’s General Store

My painted version of Seneca Store (Poole’s General Store)


At the turn of the last century, this was one of over a 100 general stores found throughout Montgomery County. But as the Seneca Store celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2001, there were less than 25 of these local mercantile operations that remained.

Since 1901, proprietors have operated a general store from this building. For more than 40 years, the Poole family provided a convenient supply of feed and specialized goods and services to local equestrian, hunting and farming communities in the Poolesville area and throughout the Agricultural Reserve.

Seneca was a small farming center established in 1732 that thrived because of its access to the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. This area contained schools, churches, large homes, stores, hotels, and mills. The Seneca Store is at the heart of that rural community history. Montgomery Parks has researched the history of this wonderful property. – Read more (pdf, 377 KB)

Because of their significant value to the legacy of this community, both the Seneca Store and adjacent Upton Darby House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Seneca Historic District. The Maryland Historical Trust holds an easement on the store and regulates changes to the building and site.  The building is also listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, so any alterations to the exterior and its historic “environmental setting” must be reviewed and approved by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission.


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