General Store Ruins, Shell Bluff

A hunting camp is about the only sign of life one encounters in the Shell Bluff community today, but this appears to have been a country/general store at one time. Dale Reddick notes:  Shell Bluff is well southeast and downstream along the Savannah River from the Fall Line. And then, there’s that community of Shell Bluff at the intersection of GA 23 with GA 80. It’s separated by several miles from the actual Shell Bluff & Shell Bluff Landing on the Savannah River. That duality causes problems when discussing “Shell Bluff,” as in which one you mean.

Shell Bluff, in general, derives its name from the fossils of giant oysters that have been found near here, in an area that was once the shallow part of an ancient sea.

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4 responses to “General Store Ruins, Shell Bluff

  1. Dale E. Reddick

    Hey Brian – The oyster shells are found northeast (not south) of the community of Shell Bluff. From that community’s location at the intersection of GA 23 & GA 80, that latter state road heads northeast towards the Savannah River. The final mile or so of the road is simply Shell Bluff Landing Road, rather than the state route. Shell Bluff is immediately upstream from where the road used to end at the old landing on the river.

    • Scott Higdon

      My Grandfather’s brother had a country store at Shell Bluff in the 50’s and early 60’s. His name was Clarence Scott. We use to swim in the river when we were kids.

  2. Dale E. Reddick

    Brian – Shell Bluff is well southeast and downstream along the Savannah River from the Fall Line. And then, there’s that community of Shell Bluff at the intersection of GA 23 with GA 80. It’s separated by several miles from the actual Shell Bluff & Shell Bluff Landing on the Savannah River. That duality causes problems when discussing “Shell Bluff,” as in which one you mean.

    • Thanks, Dale. I’ll add that to the description. The phone was tagging EVERYTHING in the general area as Shell Bluff, Georgia; I wondered why. Your explanation is quite helpful!

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