general store for sale

Circa 1906 Old Indiana General Store For Sale With River View in an Indiana Ghost Town Reduced to $50K

6955 Green St SW, New Amsterdam, IN 47110 $55,900



The population of New Amsterdam is 12 residents today, but when steamboats travelled up and down the Ohio River, the town thrived. In 1860 it was, in fact,  the largest town in Harrison County. Floods contributed to the decline of the town, and in 1937, 75% of the town was destroyed. A high water mark can be found on the second story of the store.


In the 2000s, Mary Faye Shaffer and her husband quit their jobs at Walmart and purchased the general store when, besides a sometimes open bait shop, was the only business in town. (A Methodist Church, Baptist Church, town hall and cemetery also exist.) Mary Faye moved to the store for the beautiful area and view of the river from the backdoor.  Apparently, the store was closed several years ago, but some inventory still remains.


It is a shame it closed. We recently took the short ferry ride from Rising Sun, Indiana, to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, another Ohio River town. Rabbit Hash was a thriving little place until the Great 1937 Flood submerged the whole hamlet. Soon it was only a decrepit enclave of a few tumbledown buildings until Louie Scott began buying up the few remaining buildings one by one from the late 1970s to the 200os and renovated them. Now there is the famous general store lorded over by the canine mayor, an antique shop, bed and breakfast, gift shop, log cabin, and a walk-up restaurant which offers delicious tacos.  When we visited, a motorcycle club had biked in, and Rabbit Hash was bustling. I would love to see the same thing happen to New Amsterdam.

Mary Faye Shaffer and friends in the Shaffer General Store 2010



*2011 Photo Below



  • Brandie Marquez

    I am very interested in this property. I don’t have very good credit but am working on the issue. However, we do have good , dependable income. Would the seller concider selling on legal contract of $1,000 a month until paid off or until we secure a loan to pay off. I’m sure with cold weather moving in someone should be in there.

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