Judging by the design on the top of the building, this was likely a larger structure at one time. The decorative eagle medallions are a wonderful architectural feature.
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Dr. Faye Stapleton Burnett writes: This is the area in Jefferson County, Ga. known as “Stapleton Crossroads.” Also in this area was “Stapleton Academy,” and “Stapleton Mill Pond.” My Great Great Grandfather, Maj. Rev. George Lawson Stapleton Jr. (1794-1874) lived in this area, near Grange, Ga. I have a copy of his obituary in my book, “The Hanging of Susan Eberhart,” as he rode almost 200 miles to Preston, Ga. to try to stop the hanging, and then say the final prayer on the gallows with the third white woman ever executed in Georgia.
This is a different area than the current town of Stapleton. The town was initially “Spread Oak,” then “Spread,” and then in 1885 it was renamed “Stapleton,” in honor of my Great Grandfather Col. Rev. James Stapleton. It was renamed at the time that the Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Narrow Gauge Railroad was opened. (He was on the Board of Directors.)
Becki L. Stroud writes: This store was once owned by Malley Houston Peebles who sold it to his younger brother Cicero Talmadge Peebles. Malley Peebles moved closer to Swainsboro, Georgia, and opened the long gone Southern Pines Tourist Camp on U.S. Hwy 1. I believe the building dates back to around the 1920s. My grandparents were married there by a justice of the peace.
Like many commissaries, this may have also served the area as a general store.
A hunting camp is about the only sign of life one encounters in the Shell Bluff community today, but this appears to have been a country/general store at one time. Dale Reddick notes: Shell Bluff is well southeast and downstream along the Savannah River from the Fall Line. And then, there’s that community of Shell Bluff at the intersection of GA 23 with GA 80. It’s separated by several miles from the actual Shell Bluff & Shell Bluff Landing on the Savannah River. That duality causes problems when discussing “Shell Bluff,” as in which one you mean.
Shell Bluff, in general, derives its name from the fossils of giant oysters that have been found near here, in an area that was once the shallow part of an ancient sea.