Georgian Motor Court, 1940s, Cordele

georgian motor court cordele ga art deco neon sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

Jason Salter shared this history on 15 June 2010: This was built and owned by the Shearers. It was built in 1940. The owners lived in it for a time. The motel was opened in 1942. In the 50′s an office was built off to the side where it currently sits now. Another building was added too make larger rooms in 1950. In 1954 a house was built and the family moved into the house from the motel. In 1970 the land was sold to William and Inez Johnson. They operated the motel until 1982 and then it closed. Interstate 75 came through and businesses lost out to traffic there.

Ritch McCutchen writes, via Facebook: I bought the farm from the estate of Palmer Greene who had a lengthy career as a politician. He was the tax collector here for many years followed by service as a state representative then as a state senator. He sold the motel site to Mr. Shearer. Mr Shearer’s estate sold it to William Johnson a retired rural postman.


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One response to “Georgian Motor Court, 1940s, Cordele

  1. Larry Abercrombie

    This was definitely not built in 1940.
    More likely in 1950. My father built Cordele Motor Court c1945 and he convinced his friend C. C. Shearer to build this after he retired from First State Bank.

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