Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Department Chair or Program Director

Gallagher, Jackie

First Advisor

Finlayson, Caitie

Second Advisor

Hanna, Steve

Third Advisor

Finlayson, Ian

Major or Concentration



Place relates to the concept that a particular space can have certain features which make it recognizable and which can inspire an emotional attachment. Placelessness refers to the eradication of unique features, stripping away elements that make one place different from another. Cracker Barrel exists as simultaneously placeless and placefull, putting both of these elements, which at first seem like opposites, to work bringing millions of people back in time to 19th century rural America every time they walk through the door. This research explores this paradoxical notion by utilizing content and semiotic analyses in an analysis of user-generated Yelp! photos Cracker Barrels across the country create a strong sense of place through the use of theming. The homogeneity of its architecture and décor at the same time positions it as a placeless place. The sheer number and wide variety of artifacts vary little from store to store. Together, this uniformity and intentional theming help successfully create a sense of place for Cracker Barrel stores as a rural American, 19th century “home-away-from-home.”

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Geography Commons