The old store still stands where Jack Leigh shot “Mr. Hazel and His Dog Buster” for his book The Ogeechee: A River & Its People. Hazel Frawley and Jack Leigh are both gone now, but many photographers still make the trip to Scarboro to see this old place.
Here are some musings by Jack Leigh on his visit to Scarboro:
“On an old logging road, cracked and broken from years of neglect, where the red clay is slowly covering what’s left of the pavement, Hazel Frawley’s general store still stands. A short distance down the road, the skeletal remains of a wooden bridge stretch across the Ogeechee like ancient crosses in a forgotten graveyard.
Nothing much comes this way any more, but the little clapboard store remains open. Mr. Hazel has run this store for over forty years, and he can remember when he sold everything from coffins to candy. The shelves are virtually bare now, except for a few canned goods and several different sizes of wash tubs that hang form the overhead rafters. Those who travel the Ogeechee River have been stopping by the store for as long as anyone can remember, stopping by for a Moon Pie and an RC Cola.” -The Ogeechee: A River & Its People, 1986
Georgia Highway 147
Cow Ford, a community in the Ohoopee River bottomlands, is located near the Tattnall County Landing. It is sometimes written as one word: Cowford. The store in this shot sits directly across the highway from the newer one in the previous photo.
This is a personal favorite among my photographs and among vanishing communities in South Georgia. The ghost of the Billiard Hall sign just does it for me. Register is actually showing signs of revival, especially in the well-repaired and maintained historic houses that make up the small core of the town. Almost two years ago, a man out riding around with his young son told me about the history of the town and suggested that he had moved here with his family to get away from the sprawl of Statesboro. He maintained that it’s a close-knit community. Good to hear…
Brooklet is a friendly little town just outside Statesboro. If you’re in the area, stop by the Old Post Office Cafe, located on the right in this image. I had a club sandwich and the Asian slaw. It was very good, and I ended it with a hand-dipped Blue Bell ice cream cone (Mocha Almond Fudge). While eating here, I met a third-generation member of the Robertson family…very Southern, I think!