William Massey’s father owned a general store in the later 1800s. General stores served as post offices as well as a place to purchase groceries. They were also spots for the community to discuss important events and catch up on gossip. Massey drew inspiration from his father’s Minnesota store, seen here circa 1918, when creating this miniature space. He hinted at the social functions of a general store by placing goods on the shelves along with an area where customers could play checkers.