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Log Cabin Coffee Cabin
Nail and Calico General Store, ca.1920, Madison County, Arkansas

Nail and Calico General Store, ca.1920. Courtesy Diana Davis and Jo Lewis (S-90-110-50)

Johnson's "Log Cabin Coffee" Bin
Donated by Donald Harington

Manufactured in 1911 by the Columbia Can Company of St. Louis, Missouri, this coffee bin was used to keep bulk coffee at the Nail and Calico General Store (pictured above right) in the Madison County community of Drakes Creek.

The contents of the store was sold to Knott's Berry Farm in California in the 1950s, but the coffee bin was saved by storekeeper Minnie Nail and placed in the Drakes Creek hotel. Minnie gave the coffee bin to her grandson Donald Harington in 1964. Harington took the bin to his home in Putney, Vermont, where he used it in his study to store manuscripts. He donated the coffee bin to the Shiloh Museum in 1983.

Donald Harington wrote more than 15 books, many of them set in Stay More, a fictional Ozark community loosely based on Drakes Creek. He was also a professor of art at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

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