Our Town, Philadelphia: Williams Brothers Store

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

Williams Brothers Store is located in Williamsville, just off Highway 15. For a century it has been the place to shop in Neshoba County.

Being able to get everything in one stop is something a lot of people like. And it's a niche that Williams Brother created, long before the idea was taken up by major retailers.

It could very well be what has made and kept the store so popular. You can get groceries there, along with clothing and shoes, although the store is basically unchanged from 100 years ago.

In 1907, the Williams Brother, Amsey and Brown, moved to Philadelphia as mule traders from Leake County, Miss. They decided to open a general store.

Since then, the store has been run by the Williams family. They say they try to keep it as it was back then.

Customers say they come back because of the family feel...and of course, the fresh-sliced bacon and cheese.

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  • by Jerrell Ingram Location: Jackson, MS on Aug 28, 2011 at 08:16 AM
    My dog Tip used to get free bacon from Williamsville, he made regular stops on his many journeys around the countryside.
  • by Spiva McQuinn Location: San Diego on Jun 12, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    I was born in Louisville,Ms. and ran the projectors at the drive in Theatre in Williamsville (Philadelphia) 1955-57. I have many fond memories of the Williamsville area and remember my first love there, Miss Boseman :) Williamsville market was one of my favorite places and the bacon they sliced and sold. Wonderful memories. Garland359@aol.com
  • by Vivian Location: Ms on May 4, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    What was the brothers names that own the Williams Brothers Store?
  • by jearlene Location: new orleans la. on Feb 26, 2008 at 02:53 AM
    I was at the williamsville country store this weekend it was wonderful.I was born in preston,and my family still reside in kemper county.
  • by Martha Alder Location: Port Angeles, WA on Feb 20, 2008 at 05:03 PM
    Hi, I was raised in Mississippi and used to spend part of my summers in Philadelphia. I remember going to the Williams Bros. store and looking at all the merchandise. Now I realize what a unique store it is. I have a two-fold reason for writing. I am looking for a place to buy Bobby Bryan Sorghum Molasses and have been unable to find a store. Can you help me and let me know where I can purchase this wonderful molasses? As you can tell I am getting somewhat desperate. The molasses they sell out in WA state is really terrible!! Thanks for your help.
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      by Mac on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to Martha Alder
      I just returned yesterday from Philadelphia and of course was in the Williamsville store to purchase 40 pounds of bacon to bring back to San Diego. They had about 4 kinds (brands) of molasses. They have black strap and sorghum molasses too. The store has expanded considerably since I left there in 1957.
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