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South Georgians love seafood, largely due to their proximity to two coasts. Most Southeast Georgians live within an hour of the Atlantic Ocean while a majority in Southwest Georgia are nearly as close to the Gulf of Mexico.
Most towns of any size traditionally have a fishmonger; this location has been home to Camilla Seafood, and most recently, Terry’s Fish Market.
Judy Burnett writes: This store belonged to Mr.John Akridge in early 1970’s. It had the high glass counters. You could get anything from nails to candy to gas from the bubble top hand cranked pumps. It even had an elevator in the back right corner according to my husband who shopped there with his grandfather. Mr. Akridge lived upstairs.
George Washington Jackson came with his family to Dougherty County from Wilkinson County as a young boy. At the age of ten he moved with his widowed mother and brother and sister to the Mount Enon community, several miles from Baconton. He served as a lieutenant in the Confederate army and later as a county commissioner. He had farming operations all over what is today northern Mitchell County; he built this home in 1898 to replace a log farmhouse at this location. He and his wife, Eulelia Peacock Jackson, had nine children. Numerous other families lived here throughout the 20th century.
The city of Baconton saving such an important historic home and re-purposing it as their city hall is a great example of thinking outside the box. Perhaps it will serve as inspiration for other communities to pursue non-traditional avenues of preservation.
National Register of Historic Places