This is one of Wayne County’s best-known landmarks. It originally served as a general store and post office; the Fancy Honey sign was added later, probably in the 1940s.
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While you see more of this sort of witnessing in urban areas, it’s gotten to be quite unusual in rural towns. Whether it reminds you of Flannery O’ Connor or Doomsday Preppers, it’s an interesting aspect of folklife. This man can often be found displaying his placard on the busy corner of U. S. Highways 341 and 84, in downtown Jesup.
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.”
–Flannery O’ Connor
The first depot in Odum was built by the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad in 1888. (The area was first known as Haslam, and for a time as Satilla, for the nearby Little Satilla Creek, and finally came to be known as Odum, for pioneer settler Godfrey Odum, in 1880). After being destroyed by fire in 1904, it was replaced with this structure in 1905. In 1969, a Southern Railroad official bought the depot and moved it to Jesup, where it remained for over 30 years. An effort to relocate it in Odum began in 1992 and with a Transportation Enhancement Grant and lots of community donations and enthusiasm, it was returned to its rightful home in 2002. I’m always amazed by what a little civic pride and love of place can do for a community; nearby Ludowici has recently decided not to save their old depot in any meaningful way, which is a shame. I hope they will find a way. Many others have taken the same path and it speaks to a the larger loss of cultural landmarks everywhere. They can’t be replaced.
This is located near the forgotten community of Piney Grove. All that remains of Piney Grove is a church, a 1950s school lunchroom, and the ruins of an early 20th-century schoolhouse.
These two views show the front porch; note the hand carved whimsical posts in the first image.
Note the difference between the painted walls in the first image and the unfinished walls in the second. This was actually quite common in rural farmhouses at the turn of the last century.
Thanks to Sharon Mallard for the identification.