Cracker Barrel Décor Warehouse

Bringing The Cracker Barrel Look To Life

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 full-time designers. Eventually they passed the job to their son, Larry Singleton, who continued the unique task of finding local and regional artifacts for new Cracker Barrel locations across the country until his retirement at the end of 2019.

For 50 years, the Singleton family not only discovered the décor, but had a hand in choosing every authentic tool, photograph, sign or toy that hangs on the walls in more than 660 Cracker Barrel locations. They helped create the warm atmosphere that exists in stores today. Thanks to the Singleton’s and our current décor team, 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, the décor team research the town’s history to identify artifacts that will complement the town and region. 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. A fireworks sign hangs in the Rialto, California store because Rialto is home to one of the world’s largest fireworks distributors. In addition, a Southern Pacific Railway sign can also be found in the store as Rialto was a stop along the railway. In 1914, the San Bernardino Line was completed through Rialto.

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 Fast 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 yoke 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.

Décor items found in stores include a wide variety of products, many of them long obsolete, such as butter churns, farming tools, sports equipment, wood cookstoves, tobacco and home-remedy cans, vintage metal advertising signs, washtubs and ringer washing machines, nickel soft-drink machines, old bottles and mechanics' tools. There are vintage black-and-white portraits throughout every store as well.

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 warehouse itself houses a treasure trove of décor items and also includes a restoration area, a section dedicated to mocking up the décor layout for an upcoming new store, and a lobby area.

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.