Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has always been a home-away-from-home for guests. From the smell of homestyle food being cooked, to the crackling sound of fire in our fireplace, to the sights of décor on our walls that remind us of grandma’s house and the history of our communities, each location embodies the familiar comfort of being at home.
Founder Dan Evins turned to local antique store owners Don and Kathleen Singleton to bring the old country store feel to the very first Cracker Barrel that opened in 1969. As more and more Cracker Barrels began to open, the Singletons joined the Cracker Barrel team as our full-time designers. Eventually they passed the job to their son, Larry Singleton, who continues the unique task of finding local and regional artifacts for new Cracker Barrel locations across the country. Every authentic tool, photograph, sign or toy on the walls of your local Cracker Barrel has been discovered by the Singleton family to help create the warm atmosphere that exists in our stores. Thanks to them, guests can enjoy the hearty, homestyle meals served at Cracker Barrel in a welcoming place that evokes the true spirit of a 1900s-era country store.
Each store is a reflection of not only an earlier era, but of its community. When designing the décor for a new location, Singleton and his team research the town’s history to identify artifacts that will complement the town and region. An antique bicycle hangs on a store wall just outside Portland, Oregon. Often called “The Sock Capital of the World,” Fort Payne, Alabama’s store has an entire wall of sock-themed pieces paying homage to anything from sock stretchers to knitting machines. Maybe your local Cracker Barrel is located in a town known for mining, dairy cows or agriculture. Rest assured that a small piece of that community’s history made it into the museum that is a Cracker Barrel store.
Décor Warehouse Fun Facts
- There are approximately 90,000 pieces of authentic Americana in the Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse and another 700,000 in stores. All items are originals – there are no reproductions.
- Every Cracker Barrel has an ox yolk and a horseshoe hanging over the front door, a traffic light over the restrooms, and a barrel with a checker board in front of the fireplace.
- Once items are cleaned, prepped and catalogued, they are kept on shelves in the Décor Warehouse until they are pulled and sent to stores.
- The 1926 Model T, nicknamed “Ole Lightening,” which sits just inside the warehouse, once stood in front of the Sweetwater, Tennessee store. Larry Singleton drove it around the Atlanta Motor Speedway before one of the Cracker Barrel 500 races in the mid-1990s.
- Each store has an average of 1,000 pieces of décor.