Tag Archives: South Georgia Country Stores

Martin’s Grocery, Bridgeboro

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This was originally owned by the Crenshaw family. It was a popular place with farmers doing business at nearby Brown Milling Company.

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Greenough Grocery, Mitchell County

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Candy Massey Faircloth writes: Hatchers owned the store during the late 60’s early 70’s. Then T Faircloth took it over for 3-4 years. Then B. Faircloth took it over several years followed by the Crosbys for several years, then G Faircloth. Then S. Adams until it closed around ’07 . Once it was a bustling store here in the Greenough community. Customers could be seen purchasing feed, gas, snacks and beverages as well as lottery for a little while.

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Marshall’s Corner Store, Cotton

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Cotton is one of my favorite places in Mitchell County. The land and farms are beautiful, but Marshall’s is hard to beat. It’s a store that’s also a post office. Historically, the smallest villages of Georgia often had country stores that served dual purposes as post offices, but this is very rare today.

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Johnson’s Grocery, Hinsonton

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Hinsonton has always been a small community, but this store was probably the center of life from the 1930s to the early 1970s. The last time I was here, it appeared as if someone was trying to restore this place. Tina Haywood Battle notes that the store was closed by the 1970s.

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The old Gilbarco gas pumps are amazing survivors but Ted Floyd remembers the store from an even earlier time. My family (Harrells) have lived near Hinsonton for about 150 Years. As a child, in the 1940’s and early 50’s I drank many an RC Cola with salted peanuts dumped in the bottle at this old store. You could get bologna and cheese sliced at the back, Kits and BB Bat candy. Long before the Gilbarco pumps, the gas was delivered by gravity. Pumped up by hand into a glass tower to measure the quantity then released by gravity into the tank. 

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Arabi, Georgia

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The building pictured above was still operating as a country store the last time I was in Arabi. It’s probably one of the oldest stores in the area. Dianne Morgan Thompson shared some great memories of Arabi: I grew up and lived in Arabi all my life until I married and moved away. There are some fond memories packed away in that hometown. I wished you would contact some of the kids from the older merchants that were booming in 1959 and 1960’s. One of the favorite hang outs was the McKinney’s Drug Store. There was an old gas station which was the main place for gas on the left side of the road just as you came into Arabi from the North and an old grocery store on the left just as you enter from the South. Both were on the curves as you entered this once quiet little town. Long been torn down as many places are that would have been a landmark, like the Bedgood house. T. Graham Brown, aka Tony Brown, lived there as a child across from the Methodist Church and we were family friends for as long as I can remember. There was a train wreck there in early 1960’s that Tony, Ronnie Morgan (my brother) and I stole washing powders from and got in big trouble. As I grew up my sister, Elaine and I had the first convertible in town and every teenager that was friends and not wanted to cruise around town with us. My daddy bought it when we were 13 and 14 years old so we couldn’t go far but we felt like a pair of queens. The Arabi Baptist Church was on front street until late 1960′ and then move in the old Arabi High School building which it remains today. I was the first person to marry in this new Church in 1968. Yes, all of the young’uns are gone or moved away that have the best memories of the town of Arabi.

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The building on the left was a post office. I’m not sure about the other one. Bradley Waters notes that his father was postmaster here from the 1950s until he retired in 1985.

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West Brothers Grocery, Rebecca

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According to Dr. Johnny Young, this building first served as Rebecca’s “picture show”, but for most of its existence, it’s been known as West Brothers Grocery. It was a Rio store.  Teresa West Pylant wrote: This is the store I grew up in. I can remember riding the school bus to Rebecca, getting off at the store and daddy giving Russell West & I money, then we would take off through the back & go to Ms. Sellars and get the best hamburgers ever. I don’t remember exactly when daddy & Uncle Ronald moved the store to Ashburn, but I sure did miss Rebecca. A lot of times we would walk up to the corner where Jack Rabbit King had the station and listen to some of his tales. Bernice Thrower Jones added: I remember this store from the late 1950’s, when my dad drove the cotton to the cotton gin, he would buy all us kids a five cent cup of ice cream with the wooden spoon. As a child that was the best ice cream other than my mom’s home made ice cream.

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Roadside Store, Irwinville

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