Tag Archives: South Georgia Country Stores

Wooten’s Grocery, Snipesville

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Jesse Bookhardt shared this history of Wooten’s: When I was a kid growing up in the Snipesville community, Wooten’s Grocery was A. I. Sinclair Grocery. It was the center of the farming and timber endeavors of mid-twentieth century Southwest Jeff Davis County citizens. The store is located near the original site of the Snipes family wooden store which stood during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Snipesville was named for this family. At one time the crossroad hamlet had a couple of stores. Robert and Rosalie McCall ran a store located directly across from the main entrance of Excelsior School. It burned in the late 1950’s and was never replaced. At sometime in the 1960’s, Mr. Clarence and Mrs. Ruby Smith operated a store at the intersection of the Snipesville-Denton Road and Georgia Highway 107— just opposite Excelsior Methodist Church .
The Sinclair/Wooten store has stood a long time and has served the needs of locals. We often drove to the “The Store,” and would go in for a candy bar, and if we had enough money, a cool “Co-Cola” from the drink box. Sometimes we chose to mix a pack of Tom’s salty peanuts with our Co-Cola. Once Mr. Arlie had a monkey as a mascot or pet at the store. The primate was know to bite if you got to frisky with him. At another time, a baby deer was kept in a pen behind the store. Someone working turpentine boxes found the fawn in the swamp and brought it to the Store. Everybody in the community got to see it grow. One of the first televisions in the community was available at the store for viewing. It was common on certain nights to have men gather around the black and white snowy images to watch their favorite program. The thing often faded out right during the good part of the show.
I remember too that we purchased gasoline and kerosene at Sinclair’s Grocery. We served ourselves and then went in to pay. The kerosene tank sat to the right of the main door of the store. One had to hang your can from the spout and hand pump the fuel. Groceries of common brands were available, and fresh meats were cut and sold. Groceries were packed in used cardboard boxes instead of plastic or paper bags. No beer or any kind of alcoholic drink was served, but I am sure that exchange of some spirits took place between patrons in the parking area. Mr. Arlie allowed credit to his regular customers and was reasonable in collecting. If a family was having a hard time, often additional time was given to pay. The store and parking area also served as a meeting place where people met to conduct business deals, or to just visit. Supplies for fishing were also sold. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution paper was sold at the store. The parking area in front of the establishment was notoriously pitted with holes and when it rained a muddy mess was a reality.
Generally, the store was a man’s domain. Women certainly were welcome but it was not customary for them to go there that often. During mid-century it was common to see tractors, trucks, and cars parked at the store. Home made cypress fishing boats, plows, and other items were seen in the backs of parked trucks. As times change, it is good to see that some of the old has survived and has been captured by the photosphere to be shared across the Internet.



Filed under --JEFF DAVIS COUNTY GA--, Snipesville GA

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.


Filed under --WORTH COUNTY GA--, Bridgeboro GA

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.


Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Greenough GA

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.


Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Cotton GA

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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Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Hinsonton GA

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.


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.


Filed under --CRISP COUNTY GA--, Arabi GA

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.


Filed under --TURNER COUNTY GA--, Rebecca GA