Tag Archives: South Georgia General Stores
It’s amazing that most of the buildings in a town as small as Ailey are in good condition. The Peterson Companies have done the restoration and utilize the structures for various purposes.
This is one of two false-front buildings on Railroad Street. Surviving examples of this form are relatively uncommon in Georgia.
When I can identify these structures, I will likely repost them individually.
This building, on the corner of Railroad and Broad Streets, is a fine example of formal commercial architecture common at the turn of the last century.
These utilitarian structures may have been related to the railroad.
The O. A. Hall Store opened in 1929 and was operated by Mrs. Hall for many years. In fact, it’s better known as the Mrs. O. A. Hall Store. It’s the oldest in Emanuel County. Though no longer a general store, the business is still in operation as a pecan buying point and agricultural supply. I spoke with the son-in-law of the present owner who’s a grandson of O. A. Hall, and he related that the business is still profitable though it’s changed with the times. He said the biggest item in the store today is pine straw twine.
Twin City Historic District, National Register of Historic Places