Ben Jones bringing 'Cooter's in the Country' to Page County

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PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The famous "Cooter's in the Country" store, museum and restaurant is moving to Page County.

The attraction, started by Ben Jones, who played "Cooter" on the television show "Dukes of Hazzard," is moving from its location in Rappahanock County down US 211 to the old Outlanders location outside of Luray in Page County.

On his Facebook page, Jones said "parking problems have created an untenable situation at our current location."

"It is truly a perfect spot to build what we hope is a lasting tribute to “The Dukes of Hazzard” and to the traditional American values which the show embodies," said Jones. "We have always been 'treated like gold' by the folks in Page County, and the County leadership reached out to us, helped us immensely, and has made us feel extremely welcome."

It will be the only Cooter's location in Virginia and the third in the US.

Leaders in Page County say they think the store will be a good fit. They made the announcement via Facebook by posting an image of Ben Jones resting on the 'General Lee' outside of his Cooters sign. That post got over 2000 shares on Facebook within a week.

"Well, I think so many folks in Page grew up to that in their living room with their families, it's a family show and that's what we're most excited about," said Stephanie Lillard, the Director of Community and Economic Development for Page county.

Lillard says it's also a good opportunity for Page County's tourism economy, giving tourists more reason to not just visit the county's attractions, but to stay and enjoy them as well.

Jones plans to make the move in November 2016. The Sperryville location closes on October 31st.

You can find the Facebook announcements from Ben Jones and Page County below: