Jackson’s closing after 107 years

Published 5:33 am Thursday, December 17, 2015

On Saturday, Jackson’s Hardware in Wylliesburg will lock its doors for good after 107 years of operation.

According to co-owner Beverly Jackson, she and her husband, J.C., hate to close, but “we’ll probably be hanging out at home a lot,” she said.

Beverly said the decision to close was not an easy one, but her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1993 and the couple believes that now is the right time to close.

Beverly said the last day for the store will be on Saturday. The building will remain open from 9:30 a.m. until the last visitor has left.

The Jacksons will also serve light refreshments for any

customers during the day.

Beverley said Jackson’s Hardware has been in existence since 1908. J.C.’s grandfather built and opened the store and his father took over later. Afterwards, the business was passed down to J.C.

A building was purchased in Drakes Branch to house a second Jackson’s Hardware location in 1964, which operated until 1993 when J.C. was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Beverly said her husband had to give up one of the locations and only the Wylliesburg store remained open.

Throughout the years, Beverly said she has enjoyed meeting the different people that have visited the store.

She said visitors to Jackson’s Hardware have ranged from congressmen to first ladies and even a couple from as far away as Israel. “The last few weeks we’ve had a lot of people to come by and see [the store],” she said.

She explained that the store showcases a variety of old artifacts that have been preserved over many years.

The store still has items for sale and whatever does not sell will probably be auctioned off at a later date, she said.