Tag Archives: South Georgia General Stores

General Store, Pelham

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.

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Filed under --MITCHELL COUNTY GA--, Pelham GA

General Store, Matthews

It’s amazing that three landmark general stores survive in a community as small as Matthews. This example is the most endangered, but relatively stable.

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Matthews GA

Ganus General Store & Post Office, 1897, Matthews

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.

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Matthews GA

General Store, Matthews

Like its twin down the street, it’s possible that this may have also served as feed & seed/warehouse, but it’s certainly a good example of the common style of late 19th/early 20th century rural general stores.

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Filed under --JEFFERSON COUNTY GA--, Matthews GA

General Store, Circa 1919, Herod

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Filed under --TERRELL COUNTY GA--, Herod GA

False Front Store, Stilson

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Filed under --BULLOCH COUNTY GA--, Stilson GA

Historic Storefronts, Meigs

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.

 

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Filed under --THOMAS COUNTY GA--, Meigs GA