Woodruff's Store began as a blacksmith's shop in the late 1800s. Angela Scott's great grandfather, a freed slave who fought in the Civil War, opened the shop with his pension. The blacksmith shop was Amherst County's first business owned by a African American.
The building's ownership has been passed down through generations. Over the years, changes have been made to it. The original structure was built as a shelter so that school children didn't have to endure bad weather as they waited for their school buses. Later in 1951, Angela's parents, James and Mary Woodruff, opened a general store in the building. According to locals, Woodruff's Store has always been known as a kind of haven, a place where you can go if you need help. James and Mary had the reputation of quietly helping people who had fallen on hard times and never turning away a customer who was in need of food. Stepping over the threshold at Woodruff's Store Café and Pie Shop is a bit like taking a step back in time.
Although Woodruff's shut its doors as a grocery store in 1982... Mary's daughter, Angela Scott breathed new life into it when she reopened it as a café and pie shop 16 years later. It remains a family affair, her two sisters help with the day to day operation. Angela makes her fabulous pies from scratch with fresh locally grown fruit.
At the back table, you will likely find matriarch Mary Woodruff. Born in 1916, she is bright, witty and in full command of her faculties. Amidst the aromas of warm fresh baked pies, Mama Woodruff invites visitors to sit at her table and talk while they satisfy their appetites. Did you know that Johnny Woodruff, the athlete who won the 800-meter run in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin alongside Olympian Jesse Owens, is part of the Woodruff's rich family history. Mary will tell you all about it. Her presence and her stories make it difficult to leave the warmth of the store and the history that permeates its walls.
Woodruff's Cafe and Pie Shop Owner and Baker Angela Scott.
We have been featured in the September 2013 issue of Southern Living Magazine, as well as the 2015 PBS special "A Few Good Pie Places". Check out a snippet of the special by clicking here.
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Monroe, VA 24574