General Store, 1890s, Brooks County

Abandoned Country Store Brooks County GA Troupville Road Photographed in 2010 Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I photographed this old country store, which sits beside a field on Troupville Road, in 2010. For five years I wondered about its identity and fate. Grant Mishoe wrote to say it was still owned by descendants of the family who built it and it’s still standing. From the late 1800s until it closed it sold dry goods and various sundries, from boots to jeans and feed to turpentine.

Abandoned Country Store Brooks County GA Snake Oil Kidney Pills Thermometer Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It was amazing that the old signs were still intact. The thermometer was for some sort of snake oil (i.e. quack medicine) for the kidneys. There were also insurance signs from the Southern Agriculturist, as well as several signs for Dental Snuff.

Abandoned Country Store Brooks County GA Dental Snuff Rusty Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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4 responses to “General Store, 1890s, Brooks County

  1. wendell

    Isn’t brooks county close to tift county, ga? I’d like to visit this location.

  2. Jesse M. Bookhardt

    Brian,
    Many of these old buildings are left with their front door ajar. Makes one feel a sense of abandonmen—a reality of vanishing South Georgia. Also, causes you to wonder who was the first person to walk through that door and who was the last. Too bad that we can’t magically recover a “video” that recorded all who over the many years traveled in and out. It would be a wonderful history of our human South Georgia story.

  3. Geoff Jacobs

    Might have been tempted to “borrow” them signs!
    Love your photos! Keep ’em coming!

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