In 1935, Norman C. Clampitt became an employee of M.C. Close Hardware at 159 Main Street. After working at the store for 18 years, he became a partner, then sole owner 9 years later. In 1973, Clampitt sold the business to his son, Monty Clampitt. To accomodate for the growth, the general part of the store was moved to a larger building in 1982 to 111 Main Street. Today Monty and his wife operate both businesses with the help of their daughter. The original location was left as an old-fashioned establishment selling housewares, horse tack, camping supplies, gift items, Carhartt and Redwing Boots. The newer store, just 3 doors down, offers your typical hardware,as well as feed, lawn and garden, and lumber and building materials. N.C. Clampitt Hardware became affiliated with Ace Hardware in 1983. Under the new ownership, the business has grown from 1,100sq.ft to 10,000sq.ft. It is the oldest continually operating business, which is also a family business, in Swain County, North Carolina.
The West Swain Volunteer Fire Department is an all volunteer fire department that protects and serves the west end of our county. All the proceeds from its Annual Bass Tournament go towards the purchase of equipment for the fire department.
Established in 1983, Children's Miracle Network (CMN) generates funds and awareness for more than 17 million sick and injured children, who are cared for each year by its 170 affiliated hospitals, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment.
Our store sponsors our local Youth Athletic Associations softball teams. We chose to become a sponsor because we firmly believe that children benefit on many levels from participation in team sports. This year we are sponsoring a 7-9 year old girls softball team.