JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH

JENNINGS, LOUISIANA

Louisiana Travel | Places to Visit: W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum

 

W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum

Take a step back to a simpler time at the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Store.  W. H. Tupper opened his store in 1910 just north of Jennings, Louisiana.  In 1949, he closed his doors.  However, the complete inventory remained on the shelves, undisturbed, for 22 years.  Tupper’s grandson, Joe Tupper, Jr., donated the store’s contents for the creation of the W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum.

Among the products that are still on the shelves at the store:  Ivory Soap that cost only 5 cents for 2 bars, Bayer aspirins that sold 12 for 3 cents, sewing notions and fabrics, school supplies, clothes, kitchen utensils, a Kewpie doll, antique checkers, and a wind-up version of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s Charlie McCarthy.  Pine needle baskets made by the Coushatta Indians who once traded them for food and other merchandise are displayed throughout the store.

W. H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum
311 North Main Street
Jennings, Louisiana
337-821-5532
www.tuppermuseum.com