Category Archives: Abbeville GA

Abbeville Methodist Church, 1892

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This church originally had a steeple. It’s the oldest church structure in Abbeville, to my knowledge. I recall, quite a few years ago now, when they were re-roofing this church. I was amazed at how anyone could do work on such a steep roof, and I still am.

 

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Samuel Day Fuller House, Abbeville

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Sam Mashburn identifies this as the home of his great-great grandfather, Captain Samuel Day Fuller. It’s one of Abbeville’s most recognizable landmarks.

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Georgia Normal College & Business Institute Dormitory, Abbeville

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Best known as the Shedd House today, this landmark originally served as a boarding house/dormitory for the Georgia Normal College & Business Institute, which was located across the street. The school opened in 1899 and this house is its only surviving link, to my knowledge. A postcard of the dormitory can be seen here, but it depicts a much larger building with the same architecture. This leads me to believe this may just be a portion of that original structure, also referred to as the Central Hotel. According to Doni Helms, whose grandfather Shedd owned the building after its public use, it also served as a boarding house for railroad workers for a time. He recalls that the brass room numbers could still be found on the doors when they first moved in. Doni has written a book about his experiences in this house and growing up in Abbeville called Tales from 316 Depot Street.

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Barfield House, Abbeville

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Abbeville School

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I’m not sure what the name of this school was, but I assume by the architecture that it was one.

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Abbeville Builders Supply

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One business still open on Depot Street is Abbeville Builders Supply. In the age of big box hardware stores, this is a miraculous survivor.

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Dorsey State Bank, Abbeville

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