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Thomas Mercantile Company, Calvary

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Amazingly, this store is still in business. They’re closed on Sundays, but otherwise, how wonderful to see a small business like this still in operation.

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Citizens “77” Oil Sign, Calvary

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Citizens Oil Co. was formed in 1936 and was a franchise of Moore’s Greyhound brand. The greyhound was later incorporated into the Citizens logo and in 1951 they merged with Speed Oil Company of Atlanta. Dealer stations used that Citizens 77 branding. [The sign was lost during Hurricane Michael in 2018].

 

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Whigham, Georgia

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Atlantic Coast Line Depot, Whigham

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This Queen Anne-style depot was built before 1895, but I can’t locate an exact date. It’s been a feed store for years, and the owners have done a great job preserving most of the architectural features.

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City Hall, Whigham

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Whigham Baptist Church

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Rattlesnake Roundup Grounds, Whigham

Rattlesnake roundups are mostly a thing of the past, but I believe Whigham’s is still held each January. Jerod Maxwell writes: My Grandfather (Julian Maxwell) and his cousin (Herman Maxwell) started it inadvertently when they caught a couple of snakes and took them to the Whigham High School to show the science class the snakes in order to teach kids about them. That week at the Whigham town meeting eight men decided that they would hold a festival in order to raise money for the town and Grady County and to milk the snakes in order to make more anti-venom because many people were being bitten every year in our area. He notes that his Uncle Herman was at the meeting, but not his Grandfather, because he didn’t like politics. Most old farmers stayed a far away from politics as they could. I know my grandfather did.

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Zebulon Theatre, 1936, Cairo

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Mrs. Ethel Blanton opened the Zebulon on 15 April 1936 . She named it Zebulon in honor of her husband, Zebulon Blanton. It was sold to the Dunn Family Theatres  in 1950 and again to Larry Bearden in 1973. Mr. Bearden operated it until 2000, at which time it was purchased by the Community Foundation of South West Georgia. It’s still open and shows recent movies. You can find out more here.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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W. R. Roddenbery Building, 1920, Cairo

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The Roddenbery name isn’t just synonymous with Cairo; it’s known throughout the nation for its products, from syrups to pickles. W. R. Roddenbery improved upon his father’s cane syrup recipe and in 1890 began commercial production. By 1920, when this building was constructed, Roddenbery’s was already a major food production industry. The second floor originally served as the Cairoga Club headquarters, with several business leasing storefronts downstairs. From 1932 to 1970, the business offices for the W. R. Roddenbery Company occupied the second floor. Sadly, Roddenbery’s was sold to Dean Foods in 1993, the local factory was sold ten years later, and no Roddenbery pickles or peanut butter are to be found today. Cane Patch Syrup is still around, though,  and the Cairo football team is still known as the Syrupmakers.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Grady County Courthouse, 1985, Cairo

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Grady County was declared the “Original Diversified Farming County of the Southeast” in 1906. The courthouse was designed by Alexander Blair and built by the J. B. Carr Company. Designed by Jinright, Ryan & Lynn Architects and completed in 1985, to replace the previous courthouse, which burned in 1980.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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