Thomas Drugs

Where Two Worlds Meet

prescriptionsSince the early 1900s, Thomas Drugs of Cross Plains, Tennessee has served the town and he surrounding communities of Robertson and Sumner County as a full service drugstore and soda fountain. Located in a 1915 building on Main Street (Highway 25E), and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thomas Drugs offers the most up-to-date computerized programs and record keeping for prescriptions; savings with generic drugs when possible; acceptance of all major insurance plans and credit cards; and a staff of pharmacists with a total of 68 years of experience.

Thomas Drugs offers 24-hour emergency prescription service and emergency delivery service. The employees of Thomas Drugs are committed to your health needs and guarantee the utmost privacy. In 2008, Thomas Drugs expanded its on-site services by adding a drive-through prescription window for even more customer convenience.

The antique red benches under the front porch awning offer a comfortable place to sip your soda and watch the world pause at the four-way stop. The hometown doctor’s office in the same building is an indication that the proprietors of Thomas Drugs are committed to offering the best care and service one would expect in 2009 without sacrificing the charm of the past.

Heartbeat of the Town’s Business District

Tourists drop by every week to marvel at the 1915 store fixtures and to enjoy lunch and a variety of ice cream treats served from the 1930’s soda fountain. On counter stools and in wooden booths, they mingle with locals who are eating and shopping while waiting for their prescriptions to be filled. The daily buzz of laughter and greetings at Thomas Drugs indicates to all who come through the doors that this is a gathering place where community and church news are shared and directions given to travelers looking for area attractions and services.

Thomas Drugs is open 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday and 8 am to noon on Saturday. The drugstore is closed on Sundays. Ice cream and soda fountain treats are served Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. Thomas Drugs also offers a complete line of eclectic gifts for home and garden such as locally made artisan jewelry, collectible knives and toys, flagpole banners, garden art, newborn and infant toys, journals and fine writing instruments, and unusual stationery and greeting cards for all ages and occasions. Gift certificates and free wrapping are available.

Cross Plains

Where History's Made Every Day Since 1778

crossplainsThomas Drugs is located in the first settlement of Robertson County, Cross Plains, while Tennessee was still part of North Carolina, thanks to long hunter and pioneer explorer, Thomas Kilgore. In the spring of 1779 he brought family, neighbors and friends into the area and built Kilgore Station on a bluff above a tributary of the Red River. Kilgore lived to see the settlement grow into a thriving town. He died at the age of 108 in 1823.

James Yates, Kilgore’s so-in-law and the town‘s first merchant, is reported to have said “people were always coming and going across the plains,” hence the town’s name, Cross Plains, by 1812.

Even the famous and infamous, from President Andrew Jackson to outlaw Jessie James, visited Cross Plains. That observation has remained true today, over 200 years later, as people continue to move into one of Robertson County’s fastest growing “bedroom communities,” 35 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. Many of Cross Plains historic homes predate the Civil War, and new homes continue to sprouting up along scenic highway 25 and around the new high school, junior high and elementary schools. Descendants of the original settlers still live in the town, and many new residents find themselves interested in the town’s history, so apparent and so often promoted at Thomas Drugs.

The drugstore got its start in the 1920s as a dry goods store and around 1928 became a drugstore under Cross Plains doctor, Jim Thomas and his son, Burgess Thomas, pharmacist. Interior oak cabinets and glass display cases mirror those times and house many of the gift items and over-the-counter medicinals one would expect from a full service drugstore. Burgess Thomas founded his drugstore with an attitude of excellence in service and products. Dan Green purchased Thomas Drugs in 1974, and has continued that same philosophy. Today, Thomas Drugs is a family business under the ownership of Dan and Debbie Green. They are ready to serve you and create a lasting memory.


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