The Steedley family has operated this landmark, from tavern to restaurant to catering business, since the Great Depression. I don’t believe the restaurant is still open but it was famous far beyond Homerville. Travelers passing through this isolated town on busy US 84 depended on its good food and friendly atmosphere for generations.
In scattered locations around southeastern Georgia, houses like this remain as reminders of a time when the turpentine industry was a dominant fact of life. Such structures are becoming quite rare today.
Built to replace a wooden structure of 1872, this stately jail was designed by prominent architect T. F. Lockwood. The Manly Jail Works of Dalton built the “jail” part. It served until 1927 when yet another jail was built. The Homerville Woman’s Club saved it from demolition and it has served many purposes over the years. I believe it’s still associated with the Woman’s Club.
National Register of Historic Places