This appears to have been a general store, but may have also served as an agricultural warehouse, considering the freight doors visible on the left.
Tag Archives: South Georgia General Stores
This general store is built in the same style as the one pictured in the next post, located on the other end of Oak Street. Jenny Pennington, at the suggestion of Lynn Walden Williams shared a history of Matthews first posted on the Remembering Wrens Facebook Page and which was very enlightening. It’s a compilation of memories of the town from some of the oldest members of the community including Jenny’s parents Herbert and Sara Pennington, Bessie Neal Jones, Dorothy Barrow Atwell and H.C. Stewart, Jr. The history notes that the store was built by Levin A. Ganus who partnered with William A. Tarver as Ganus & Tarver, Dealers in General Merchandise. The partnership only lasted a year, but the Ganus family operated the store and post office for many years.
Thanks to Keith McLendon for first identifying it as the post office, noting it was open until about 15-10 years ago.
I first photographed the commercial center of Meigs in 2009 and am amazed at how little has changed on Depot Street since then.
The community landmarks of our smallest towns are all at risk of being lost. Meigs is no different than countless other places in Georgia.
These structures were home to banks, grocery stores, general stores and offices. Most were built in the early 20th century.
One of the last businesses still open was Meigs Grocery, located in the left hand side of the large commercial block seen below.
This replaces a less detailed post, Depot Street Storefronts, originally published on 26 October 2009.