Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile

This is the oldest hardware store in Louisiana – the Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile in Natchitoches, LA. It was founded in 1863, during the American Civil War, by Jewish Prussian immigrants who were looking for a welcoming place to settle. The store is still owned by descendants of the family.

This is an original working till from 1910. I LOVE hardware stores and have been known to loiter with intent in my local Ace store… Kaffie Frederick was the stuff of nostalgic dreams and totally unexpected. Despite it’s historical magnificence, it’s a working hardware store, with some unique old toys.

Look at the original paneling on the walls and those amazing tools! They looked as though they could have been used in battle…

It’s amazing to think that the store was opened before electricity was in general use, so you needed natural light, and perhaps some gas lights. I wanted to say thank you to the owners for preserving something so special, even if it was by accident.

This is so much more practical and sustainable that plastic packs of nails and screws. Below is a side view of Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile from the street.

35 thoughts on “Kaffie Frederick General Mercantile

  1. I love it! This looks my kind of town. When I looked at that first picture, I asked myself, “Are those Radio Flyers in the window?” I enlarged the picture until I knew positive that they were. Those old tools are fantastic too!!

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  2. Wow, what a unique place – I would love to brose its aisles! I love hardware stores too, and I never ever leave empty-handed, because there’s nothing more satisfying than buying a really practical product that not only looks good but will also make life so much easier. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. I hope all is well πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

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