Adams & Sons Country Store, Wilsonville

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I knew I’d like Thora Adams when she greeted me at the front door. She told me to remember her name by thinking  “goddess of thunder”, and later related that as the mother of five sons, she had to be. Thora met her late husband Cornelius in her native England while he was stationed there in the military and they opened this store in the 1970s. An earlier store had operated at the same site. All their sons still live nearby, and people in the neighborhood are glad to have a neighborhood store and gathering place. I certainly enjoyed talking with her about country stores and everything else. Thora is open every day except Sundays. Stop by and see her on Georgia Highway 158, about 12 miles south of Douglas, between the 17 Mile River and the Ware County Line. Just bring cash. She doesn’t take debit or credit cards.

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Thora graciously posed with her granddaughter for this shot, one of my favorites in all my travels. David Adams writes: “My father Cornelius Adams owned the store before leaving it to my twin Paul Adams. We love this old store and hope it stays open forever. I had a lot of memories there as a child as did my three girls and all four of my brothers’ children. Stop by and see Michelle now and buy something. It is hard to compete with all of the chain stores. Old Country stores are becoming obsolete.

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I was really impressed at how well-stocked and practical the store was. Thora even sells cane poles.

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And finally, the RC sign. What would a Southern country store be without one?

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I was very saddened to learn of Thora’s passing in 2015, but I will never forget her. She was one of my favorite “discoveries” in all my years of photographing rural Georgia and her infectious good spirit remains with me to this day.

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14 responses to “Adams & Sons Country Store, Wilsonville

  1. Ray Walls

    My grandfather and grandmother ran that store when I was a child. It was Walls Grocery back then and I remember all the Tobacco crews that would come in for lunch and watching my grandpa cut lunch meat for their sandwiches or helping our grandpa stock the drink boxes with sodas each night. We also learned to pump gas for the customers. It was a very neat place!

    • Hey Ray,
      Poppy (Your Uncle Buddy) had some crazy stories about the pranks he and his brothers, especially Uncle Bennett, used to pull around the store when they were young. I’m sure Grandaddy Bill got the strap after them. Wish I’d written those stories down.
      Mom says she thinks that Grandaddy Bill sold or gave it back to Mamie Adams Walls family when they closed it since she had already passed away. I wonder if that’s where Cornelius Adams came in, I know we’re all related somehow. I would really like to know more about her family, nothing was passed on to us. Poppy didn’t talk about the Adams side of the family.

  2. Brandi Batten Porter

    I grew up down from that store. She and her family treated all of us like we was family. The Adams are wonderful people and will always be family to me

  3. Robert

    Yelp been in that old store many of time. I think mr. Adams was chief of police in Nicholls.

  4. mindy sutton

    I am so sorry to hear that Mrs.thora has passed away.. I will always remember walking into that store and seeing her beautiful smile.. she will forever be missed.. rip Mrs thora

  5. David Adams

    I am David Adams and my father Cornelius Adams owned the store before leaving it to my twin Paul Adams. We love this old store and hope it stays open forever. I had a lot of memories there as a child as did my three girls and all for of my brothers children. Stop by and see Michelle now and buy something. It is hard to compete with all of the chain stores. Old Country stores are becoming obsolete.

  6. Paige Sewell

    My great grandfather ran this store when my grandfather was a child, 1930’s (?) He would tell us many stories of having fun around the store with his brothers when they were kids. My great grandmother’s name was Mamie Adams, not sure if there is a relation there.
    It’s nice to see it in good condition, much better than when I lived in Coffee County over 20yrs ago. I will stop by the next time I’m in the area.

  7. Steven White

    There are a lot of memories for me about this store,even though i’ve only been in it a couple of dozen times I have driven past it all of my life. I have family that live down the road a bit on hwy 158 and the store has always been there. It is in a great location since it is the only store between Douglas and hwy 82 and anytime I have been in it I have always been greeted with friendly people.

  8. Randall Peterson

    Mrs. Thora and her son Steve Adams and his family attend the same church as I do. They are such a sweet family that love the Lord, their church and community.

  9. Dave ward

    Enjoy very much visiting this store when visiting South Georgia

  10. I love this! I live just down the road from the store and I visited with Ms. Adams yesterday. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Josh Frier

    I’m 16 years old and was born in Waycross and lived in Bickley, GA for a little over a year. My grandparents own a large farm on the Old Nicholls Hwy. I live in Douglas now and my Papa and I have a hunting club on the Waycross Highway just a couple of miles down from this store on the left. I’ve had a lot of memories in this area. We used to stop at Adam’s to get a Coke on the way to the hunting club, but we get our drinks in town now. It’s still awesome to see this place on the internet.

  12. susie janosik mcdaniel

    Your photos are really great. I’m originally from Alma and know some of the areas you have photographed. Sure makes me want to put my traveling shoes on!!! Thanks for your good work!

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