Welcome to the Norman General Store

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Norman was settled by immigrants from Bohemia, now a part of the Czech Republic. Like millions of Europeans in the 19th century, most of the Czechs that came to America hoped to own more farmland and make a better life for their families than they could in crowded Bohemia.

     

  The first Czechs arrived here in the 1850's and one named Simon Pelnar bought a large farm in 1856.  In 1869, his son Joseph and his wife Mary inherited the 40 acres where the Norman General Store sits today.  By 1876, Joseph had a "hotel and saloon" on this spot. Joseph and his brothers owned so much of the land around Norman that it was informally called "Pelnarsville" until the early 1900's.  The summer kitchen guest house, behind the Norman General Store, was built by the Pelnars in the 1880's.

  In 1890, Mary sold the property to John Riha, whose family owned several farms near Norman. In 1904, the Rihas built a new house adjacent to the 1870's general store. These are the buildings that make up the Norman General Store property today.  The store building came from another location west of Norman, and it is 20 years older than the house.  The summer kitchen was relocated to another community in the 1950's and the store closed in 1968.

  In 1988, Jerry and Anne Sinkula, natives of Kewaunee County, bought the unoccupied property. Jerry grew up near Norman, and spent many hours at the store during his childhood, when it was owned by one of his father's cousins.

  In 1992, they moved the summer kitchen back to Norman and began to restore all of the buildings. They opened the main house and summer kitchen cottage as a bed and breakfast in 1996 and reopened the General Store in 1998.

 In the summer of 2016, Gary and Denene Eagleton discovered the historic Norman General Store & Cottage for sale online.  They quickly fell in love with the property and made an offer. Leaving behind the heat and humidity of Florida, the couple moved north at the end of September 2016.  

  June 2018 the Norman General Store was reopened.  The Summer Kitchen Cottage is now listed on Airbnb for vacation rentals.  

     My great grandmother was a quilter.  I remember her as always wearing an apron with bits of fabric safety-pinned to it.  I now know that those pieces of fabric were parts of her quilt blocks. The fabric was cut with scissors, using templates made from cereal boxes, and the blocks were hand pieced.  Her quilts were usually finished with self-binding and they were all hand quilted.  

   My official start to quilting began over 20 years ago with the Leisure Arts publication "Teach Yourself To Quilt".  I did...I read and completed all 13 lessons and made the nine block sampler quilt.  But I had a lot to learn and joined a local quilt guild.  I found a new friend, Cathy, who became my quilting mentor (my BQFF) and we have enjoyed many adventures in quilting.  

   I was encouraged to enter my sampler quilt into the state quilt show because it would be a great way to receive impartial advice about my quilting.  I found out that my hand appliqué stitches needed to be closer together and that I had a "good binding technique".  My appliqué has improved and I'm still using the same bias binding method.   

     There is always more to learn about quilting and I look forward to sharing ideas, tips and techniques with my fellow quilters.                                                                                                                              Denene

 

Some things old, some things new.  Some things uniquely made for you.

 

Norman General Store

E3296 County Road G

Kewaunee, WI 54216

920-234-5594 (call or text)

normangeneralstore@icloud.com

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