Category Archives: Sylvania GA
As is often a tradition in Georgia towns and cities, one of the grandest homes in the city serves as a funeral home. This is the case in Sylvania, as well. This landmark is presently the Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home; I’m unsure about it’s builder/original owner but will update when I find out.
Conversations with several people in Screven County have led me to identify this as the old county jail. It was replaced in the 1930s or 1940s by a newer structure and the date of this one is unknown but likely late-19th early-20th century. Dale Reddick writes: The observation about the second story trap door placed in the floor really does suggest this was a jail and also a hanging facility (if necessary), when the open field public hanging space further along W.T. Sharpe Drive couldn’t be used. Rabun Alex Lee, Larry Waters, and I had some ‘fun’ pulling up the history of this building. There’s a very similar structure found less than a quarter-mile distant. Perhaps the same designer/ builder constructed both. These structures most probably were built following Sylvania’s Great Fire of 1897 when many new brick structures were erected.
It was also used as apartments in the mid-20th century.
A local gentleman and two others have identified this as the old calaboose. Dale Reddick confirms: It is known as the “Caliboose,” per both Larry Waters and Rabun Alex Lee – who know Sylvania and Screven County better than most.
As discussed on the website before, calabooses were essentially holding cells/drunk tanks. The structure is in poor condition and the roof has collapsed on one side.
This was one of the most popular restaurants in Sylvania in its day, with locals and tourists passing through on U. S. 301. It was a much busier road in those days and the stretch from Sylvania to the South Carolina state line still harbors many of these forlorn structures. The interstates ended the glory days of roadside travel and it took a lot of the economy of towns like Sylvania along with it. After Treado’s closed, it was home to at least two more restaurants, Ray’s and Honey’s. Thanks to Dale Reddick and others on the Facebook group Vanishing Georgia for identifying it and sharing their memories.
Alan McIlveen writes: I so much enjoyed your post about Treado’s restaurant. I grew up in Sylvania and had countless meals there. Truly nothing like it anywhere now.
Their cinnamon rolls were world famous. (Really mean it.) I’ve eaten a half dozen at one sitting with fresh milk many times. I have tried to find the recipe but no success. Always a mix of farmers,business men, families, and Yankees -no disrespect intended -sharing an exceptional meal. Always buffet and menu offered. Sylvania was a wonderful place to grow up in the 50’s. If you got in trouble your folks knew about before you got home.