Charlotteville is located near the old Dead River Cemetery and the site of Dead River Church, an early frontier outpost on a dry branch of the Oconee River where three Revolutionary War soldiers were known to have been members: Captain Wilson Conner, Richard Cooper, and William Ryals. I can find no information as to the origin of Charlotteville’s name, but it likely refers to the wife of a railroad official or early landowner. Sherra Parisella, and Clint Haynes, who grew up in the area, note that this old store, Charlotte Grocery, was better known as Miss Ila Mae’s Store. Sherra also tells me that everyone from the area has always referred to the community as Charlotte instead of Charlotteville.
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Now listed for sale, the old Rountree Grocery was operated by Frank Rountree, whose wife Nita ran the post office. The Elam-Egypt Baptist Church can be seen in the background.
I’ve finally solved the mystery (to me) of the origin of Egypt’s name. Confederate Major General Lafayette McLaws purchased 1572 acres in Effingham County in January 1870. His daughter, Virginia, wrote that the plantation was “named Egypt because of the fine corn raised there. The house was quite large, two stories and a very high attic–a nice porch downstairs and upstairs with columns…(there were) eight large rooms with high ceilings, large closets in each, and every one with a nice fireplace. In those days there were no toilet facilities, no electric lights. There was an outdoor kitchen, also one on the large back porch.”
Lafayette McLaws, Major General, CSA
(15 January 1821 – 24 Jul7 1897)
This material was found at John C. Oeffinger’s wonderful tribute site to General McLaws, based on his book, A Soldier’s General: Major General Lafayette McLaws, Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 2002.
Now converted for use as a church, Stacy’s Store still bore the outward vestiges of a retail establishment when photographed by Van Jones Martin in 1978 for Virginia Fraser Evans’s Liberty County: A Pictorial History; a Coca-Cola sign was located near the top of the gable on front. The gas pump, barely visible here to the right of the door, was also present in Martin’s earlier photograph. From Virginia Fraser Evans: “The exact date of this store is unknown. It was built by William Bates Trask, originally from Massachusetts. He and Frederick Newsom Lyons operated a general store and the post office in Flemington and Riceboro under the name of Lyons and Trask. Mr. Trask and hi wife, Jane Margaret, lived in the house next door. The store and post office were later operated by Peter Fleming Martin, Sr., and Herbert Lowery Stacy, Sr.
Here’s a shot of the gas pump:
This is one of my favorite old country stores in this part of Georgia, and I’ve been trying to find out something about it for three years. Thanks to Bobby Akins, and Brenda Justice, I now have an identification.