General Store, Stapleton Crossroads

Dr. Faye Stapleton Burnett writes:  This is the area in Jefferson County, Ga. known as “Stapleton Crossroads.” Also in this area was “Stapleton Academy,” and “Stapleton Mill Pond.” My Great Great Grandfather, Maj. Rev. George Lawson Stapleton Jr. (1794-1874) lived in this area, near Grange, Ga. I have a copy of his obituary in my book, “The Hanging of Susan Eberhart,” as he rode almost 200 miles to Preston, Ga. to try to stop the hanging, and then say the final prayer on the gallows with the third white woman ever executed in Georgia.

This is a different area than the current town of Stapleton. The town was initially “Spread Oak,” then “Spread,” and then in 1885 it was renamed “Stapleton,” in honor of my Great Grandfather Col. Rev. James Stapleton. It was renamed at the time that the Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Narrow Gauge Railroad was opened. (He was on the Board of Directors.)

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5 responses to “General Store, Stapleton Crossroads

  1. I have a deep regard for these old abandoned houses and country roadside stores in the vanishing Old South. This General Store, for example, stands mute, harboring its stories of people coming and going, perhaps gathering around a pot-bellied stove in winter or sitting in a rocking chair on the porch. It brings to mind many of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories of small town life in Alabama, for example, and makes me feel almost I had been there, myself.

  2. Sheldon Daitch

    The Google Earth LAT/LON isL

    33 09 26.41N 82 27 25.98W

  3. Sally Porter

    I love seeing the old photos you post. I have never lived in South Georgia but both of my Grandmothers were from there. Thank you for giving me a look of what it might have like during their time. Thank you so.🤗🤗

  4. Dr. Fay Stapleton Burnett

    This is the area in Jefferson County, Ga. known as “Stapleton Crossroads.” Also in this area was “Stapleton Academy,” and “Stapleton Mill Pond.” My Great Great Grandfather, Maj. Rev. George Lawson Stapleton Jr. (1794-1874) lived in this area, near Grange, Ga. I have a copy of his obituary in my book, “The Hanging of Susan Eberhart,” as he rode almost 200 miles to Preston, Ga. to try to stop the hanging, and then say the final prayer on the gallows with the third white woman ever executed in Georgia.

    This is a different area than the current town of Stapleton. The town was initially “Spread Oak,” then “Spread,” and then in 1885 it was renamed “Stapleton,” in honor of my Great Grandfather Col. Rev. James Stapleton. It was renamed at the time that the Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Narrow Gauge Railroad was opened. (He was on the Board of Directors.)

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