Tag Archives: South Georgia Commissaries

Turpentine Commissary, Toledo

Joe Hopkins writes that this the was commissary for the turpentine operations at Toledo. I would go there on Saturday mornings when I was a kid with my great uncle to pay off the turpentine employees. The store housed basic staples and dry goods for the workers living at the Toledo settlement and the business records of the company. The dirt road on the porch side of the commissary was the original road running from Folkston to St.George.

 

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Parker Cabin & Commissary, Wefanie

While I was out photographing with Mike McCall today, we ran into Jimmy Parker, who noted that he was born in this cabin and restored it in recent years.

This commissary was part of the family’s timber and turpentine operations and was at its busiest during World War II.

South Georgia Snowstorm, 2018

 

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Commissary, Glenwood

Glenwood GA Unidentified Vernacular Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I’m told this was a commissary but I don’t have any further information. I was unable to photograph the other side, as it’s in someone’s yard. It’s an important survivor.

 

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Tison Naval Stores Commissary, Tattnall County

Tison GA Tattnall County Store Building Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This was part of the Tison Naval Stores business which gave its name to the surrounding community and served as a commissary/general store. Thanks to Charles Tillman, a descendant of the Tison family who now operates Watermelon Creek Vineyard on the property, this and the naval stores warehouse across the highway remain intact for future generations.

Tison GA Tattnall County Store or Commissary Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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C. H. Burt’s Store, LaCrosse

LaCrosse GA Schley County C H Burt Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This iconic commissary/store at the intersection of LaCrosse Road and Georgia Highway 271 served as the center of a large farming operation for many years.  Jean Harrison, whose family owns the property today wrote: Gertude Burt Strange grew up at Lacrosse and her family ran the store until about 1947 when my parents bought the farm including the store which was closed and used for farm storage etc. Every time there was an election my Father would clean out the store so people could vote there.

A plantation at LaCrosse was first established by Stinson J. Rees in 1856. The property is beautifully maintained today but please note it’s not open to the public and trespassing is strictly prohibited.  I was interested to see that the LaCrosse name on the side of the building was recently repainted in a different style. Linda Adams, who painted the wonderful murals in Ellaville wrote to say that she repainted the sign, as well as the great Coca-Cola sign on the front of the store. Below is a shot I made in 2009.

LaCrosse GA Schley County Burt Store Mural Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2009

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Dixon Commissary, Walkerville

Walkerville GA Pierce County Old Dixon Commissary Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I had a brief visit with the owner of this structure today, who graciously allowed me access to the property. He noted that it was once a commissary, owned by Alvin and Lizzie Dixon, the grandparents of well-known WTOC-TV anchorman, Sonny Dixon. It served as a general store and post office for Walkerville, as well. Stabilization and basic restorations have been made to insure its survival.

Walkerville GA Pierce County Ghost Town Old Post Office Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Jordan, Georgia

Jordan GA Wheeler County Ghost Town Old Country Store Filling Station Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This commissary is what survives of the settlement of Jordan.

Jordan GA Wheeler County Ghost Town Old Country Store Gas Pump Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

 

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