Historic property Ben_ONeal_Store image.

This classic storefront building was one of Ben O’Neal’s stores. His primary business was hardware sales, but he also sold produce and groceries. Several assorted businesses flourished here, including a gas station and sandwich shop. the O’Neal family from Stumpy Point was one of the earliest to settle in the area. Ben lived over 70 years in Oriental and enjoyed town life, especially his role as the wagon driver for the Oriental Town Band when they marched in parades.