1969 was our family's first road trip to Florida. It was a great trip. The Serpentarium, Monkey Jungle, Parrot Jungle, Miami, Busch Gardens, Whiiki Wachii, Silver Springs... On our way home, we stopped at a Stuckey's Restaurant. My entire family sat at the counter to eat. The waitress/cook asked if we would like any dessert? I was the only one interested, and asked what the had? She asked if I ever had Pecan Pie? I said no, but I'd try it. It was delicious.
My choice for dessert (if available) has been Pecan Pie ever since. In fact I make Pecan Pies every Christmas, for family , and friends, from my own recipe.
I had continued to make Stuckeys a stop when I would take my son on trip South.
They stopped having Restaurants, and had only Pecan eatables stores for a long time. Now, stores are hard to find.
But, Stuckey and their Pecan Pies, and candies, will always be my goto memories when thinking about roadtrips with my family.
Thank you for that.
We live in Oregon, my dad was from Iowa. Every year we took vacation to Iowa for 3 weeks, I really remember the years 1975-1985 or so. We would eat sandwhiches, a lot of home made popcorn, cold chicken, mom really got us ready and back then you ate out of a cooler traveling....except for breakfast. Breakfast was Stukey's! Bacon, eggs, toast it was always SO good, sometimes I got a coke which was rare, in a cute little coke glass (I'm still a coke drinker). I still, at 53 eat bacon, eggs, toast when I go out and drink a coke. I always got a glider plane, a stuffed animal, or a state banner at least once during a trip 💜. I had this cool husky once that was multi colored fur over a plastic body, I had it forever. Great childhood memories 💜
I have great memories of stopping at Stuckey’s on I-95 from NC to Fredericksburg VAin the early 70s. We traveled to Front Royal VA every other weekend in the Fall for my brothers’ football game. I loved the burgers! My favorite, though, was the Mint Cloud!
When we were kids, we would go to Denver for a special day. Museum or zoo, amusement park, Casa Bonita restaurant. All that was great but, we always stopped at Stuckys just north of Colorado Springs. Remember the fun going there, the lines of pecan rolls and trinkets was great. My personal favorite was the vending machine by the restrooms that held a compass in a tire, little Indian knife in a sheath. 2 little dogs with magnets in the...best of times. Thank you Mr Stucky.
When on vacation as a child, we always stopped at Stuckey's to eat. I collected different breeds of horses from the selection of plastic models and ate the rock candy on the stick and prickly pear cactus candy. I didn't even know they still existed until I saw a billboard sign for one in Oklahoma a few days ago.
I took my first trip to Florida in 1970 and I remember as soon as we came to Virginia on rt 301 we started to see Stuckeys and Horne's. We stopped at alot of them on that trip. It is sad to see there is not many left.
I used to work at Stuckey’s near Tipton, Iowa when I was in high school in the early ‘70’s. I loved it. We had a small snack bar and we made our own sandwiches etc. We also got to cut up the samples of candy for the shoppers. Met a lot of nice people working there and was nice to visit the travelers from other states. After that when ever I traveled I would always look for the Stuckey’s signs along the interstate so we could stop there.
When I was twenty two back in 1970 I took a lone bicycle rode from Florida to New York using route 301 which paralleled the new I-95. I even got a warning ticket, not for riding on I-95 but for ASKING if I could use the new empty I-95.
I stopped at every Horne's and Stuckey's for their coconut drinks on that eleven day trip.
When in Georgia, I was warned I was going to be robbed and therefore peddled till dark to get away. I traveled 200 miles that one day.
I remain a dedicated fan of Horne's and Stuckey's to this day. Thank you Stuckey's very much.
When I was young in the early 1980’s, my family took a trip across the country from WV to California to visit my uncle. We stopped several times a day at a Stuckey’s. I remember loving to go in the store to look at all he goodies they had. It became a family tradition that we stop at Stuckey’s whenever we see one.
Back in the mid 60’s and early 70’s our family would drive from Sumter, SC through Summerton, SC to vacation “at the lake” of Santee Cooper where our Granddad had a house for all the family to use. We would always ask dad to stop at Stuckey’s in Summerton and begged for a pecan log. With 5 kids in the family sharing the log was normal practice. We would be sure to finish it before we arrived at the lake house. If my memory serves me correct, Stuckey’s was on the corner of Hwy 15 and Hwy 301 and not where it’s located today.
I love to see the post Stephanie does on LinkedIn. Keep up the Stuckey’s revival!
I made many trips to the local Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppe and Stuckey’s Carriage Inn in Altamont, Il as a youngster only to find myself coming back as their electrician and maintenance service from the 70’s through the 90’s. When the original owner (Dave Coslet) decided to sell - it was bittersweet as I had always hoped to be able to buy it - keep the Stuckey’s products and be a home town general store with antiques, collectibles and of course the Stuckey’s line of candies. (The pecan roll - my favorite). I now own a quaint downtown antique store along with being an auctioneer and hope that I will be able to meet up with Stephanie at some point to discuss my dreams that would include the Stuckey’s line of products at my store. I have stopped at a Stuckey’s or two on my way to Arkansas and their presentation of the product leaves something to be desired and most certainly see my place as a popular destination as I know many people in our area along with travelers along interstate 70 would drop by to see us. Hope to hear or see you soon Stephanie - Terry
Stuckey's was always a part of 2x a year vacations 1 in the summer to the Myrtle Beach and 1 to the fall to mountain's stuckey's was aways a must stop going and coming back home for a pecan log ,pecans for mom and a special gift to take home to grandma . Thank you for all the great memories and wonderful pecan logs .
Great memories. Billboards along Rt. 17 & Rt. 1. Driving from NYC to Miami was so boring except for the Stuckey signs. Are the signs still there? I think we saw Horns & South of the Border signs as well.
By the 70s, we flew instead but the signs will forever be in my heart & soul. Great food as well.
In the 1980’s, my family used to take a lot of road trips from Sierra Blanca and El Paso, TX to Tucson, AZ. We, usually, stopped at the one outside of Deming, NM. We stopped there for gas, pecan log rolls, and occasionally, to eat lunch. Such great memories! There was another one in Plateau, TX, east of Van Horn that my dad would have his drivers Ed students drive to, from Sierra Blanca.
There were other former West Texas locations that I remember, and some of those buildings are still standing. I can tell that they were Stuckey’s, due to the distinct shape of the buildings. My brother and I, joke about stopping at those Stuckey’s.
In the last 20 or so years, I remember stopping at convenience stores outside the Dallas/Ft Worth area that had Stuckey’s merchandise.
I was a truck driver since 1978. I can't remember a specific stop. I was always happy to visit Stuckey's on my trips through North Carolina.
My dad was in the Navy and we moved every few years. I have great memories of stopping at the Stuckey's along the way. the atmospheres at the stores were something I can't even describe. Such happiness. For some reason the thing that really stuck out to me where the Goldstone jewelries. I recently bought a gold stone heart to hang on my necklace just because Stuckey's is one of the favorite memories of my childhood!
Through the late 60's and early 70's our family would travel from Delaware to Tifton, Georgia for summer vacation, where my father was born. It was the highlight of all my summers. As a kid it was always a pleasure whenever we stopped at one of the many Stuckey's off of I-95. No matter what location we went to the people who worked there were incredibly friendly and helpful. That high pitches turquoise roof was like Disney for me. From the pecan logs to the real Mexican jumping beans, it was like an oasis! The state magnets and spoons were always cool to see and then the license plates for your bike with your name on it. There are still 2 small buildings in Delaware that were former Stuckeys and everytime I drive by I reminisce about everyone of those summer trips. Stuckey's was a highlight of my growing up and I sincerely hope they make a comeback so others can see what a pleasure it is to meet happy and incredible emoyees! Thank you so much h Mr. Stuckey!!!
My Grandmother and Grandfather had tremendous influence on my life as a youngster. My fondest memories are traveling with them on one of their many trips across this amazing country. Many times to see one of their other children (my uncle) in Texas, of just vacationing. We would look for red Stuckey’s sign in the distance, and watch in anticipation as it drew ever nearer. Always getting a nut log and usually eating lunch. It was wonderful!
I WAS ONE OF THE TRUCK DRIVERS FOR STUCKEY'S IN THE EARLY 80S.
On Easter Sunday, April 10th, 1977, while on my way back to Big Spring from Midland, Texas, I stopped at the Stuckey’s slightly west of Big Spring, for a brief snack. I was stationed at Webb Air Force Base, in Big Spring, in west Texas, at the time. In that Stuckey’s, the atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxing! It was a very sunny Easter Day. In addition to the delicious snack, I also took advantage of the good opportunity to collect my thoughts, and stretch and unwind a bit, before departure. It all made for a very memorable Easter, and I really enjoyed that! That Stuckey’s, ALONE, proved to be a top-notch roadside stopping point!