The Red Barn site was originally home to a lumber company. In 1981, the Red Barn was converted to a flea market. The building burned in 1996 due to a fire caused by a shorted circuit. A new structure had to be built from the ground up. The same family has owned and operated the Red Barn Flea Market since its opening in 1981.
The Red Barn Flea Market has been featured in Southern Living magazine. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. There are over 600 booths and shops, with 125,000 square feet of indoor space and 20,000 square feet of outdoor space. Two-thirds of the indoor space is air-conditioned.
Fresh produce and live entertainment are offered at the market, and during peak tourist season, the market attracts 45,000 people each week. The food court includes The Hot Rod Cafe and the award-winning Maria's Restaurant, which features Mexican cuisine. The Frosty Keg is also located in the food court and offers wine and draft and bottled beer.
The market is located at the intersection of U.S. 301 and U.S. 41. The market is wheel-chair accessible. Hours are primarily on weekends. The Red Barn Flea Market hosts special events throughout the year, such as garage sales in the summer and visits from Santa during the holidays.