|Bartley-Pittman Store - Image courtesy Jack Dudley - Swansboro-A Pictorial Tribute|
According to Jack Dudley's book, "the store was built circa 1893 since his deed states he purchased the lot from W.D. Hargett the same year. Bartley sold the store to John Pittman in 1896 and Pittman operated the store for several years, and was known as The Pittman Store. In photographs before 1930, the building had two stories. Swansboro's first "central" or telephone operator's office was on the second floor. The building has had many uses including serving as the post office."