Tag Archives: South Georgia Hardware Stores

Abbeville Builders Supply

abbeville ga builders supply photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

One business still open on Depot Street is Abbeville Builders Supply. In the age of big box hardware stores, this is a miraculous survivor.

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Jordan Hardware, Leary

Leary GA Calhoun County Hardware Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

The Mission Revival style saw its greatest popularity between 1890-1915. Once relatively popular in South Georgia, few examples survive in good condition. I don’t know if this was always a hardware store; the Ace sign likely dates to the 1970s, indicating it was open until at least that time.

Leary GA Calhoun County Jordan Ace Hardware Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

I believe this was razed in late 2016.

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Historic Storefronts, Buena Vista

Marion Drugs Building Clements Building Historic Downtown Buena Vista GA Photograph Copyriht Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The building on the left served for many years as Marion Drugs. The Charles M. Clements building is on the right. It served as a hardware and furniture store as well as the local undertaker. Downtown Buena Vista is nice little town with generally well-preserved early 20th century commercial storefronts, dominated by one of Georgia’s older courthouses in the center of the square. Below is the Clements Hardware Store from the side, showing its old Coca-Cola mural.

Clements Hardware Buena Vista GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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Rebel Yell Gameroom, Pearson

Pearson GA Atkinson County Downtown Storefronts Rebel Yell Gameroom Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Shea Browning identifies the buildings here as (L-R): Georgia Power, Tri-County Gas, Larry Welch Attorney at Law, and Haskins Hardware, though some are now vacant or have different tenants.

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J. C. Hodges Hardware Warehouse, Jesup

Jesup GA Wayne County J C Hodges Hardware Building Supply Warehouse Tin Siding Red Yellow Stripes Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This was the lumber and building supply warehouse for J. C. Hodges Hardware.

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Willacoochee, Georgia

Willacoochee GA Atkinson County Downtown Storefronts Fleetwood Avenue Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These two slightly different perspectives of Fleetwood Avenue show the commercial heart of what was once a thriving town. Though Willacoochee is still an active community, its historic business and residential core was divided and forever altered by the widening of U. S. Highway 82. Still, it has great residential and commercial areas and I hope it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the future.

Willacoochee GA Atkinson County Historic Storefronts Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Here are some poignant thoughts about Willacoochee from the late Cranford Sutton, a native son and longtime local educator: When I was growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, it was pretty self-contained, the center of the universe. We had two train lines running through here…twenty-four hours a day. Our downtown storefronts were the old-fashioned brick fronts with plate-glass windows that turned inward, inviting you in the door…I would park the pickup truck downtown at two o’clock on Saturday afternoon just to have a parking place on the front street, because by dark everyone from the surrounding countryside had come in to buy their groceries and visit. It was a huge gathering

Highway Corridor Z (U. S. Highway 82, ed.), as they call it, goes from Columbus, Georgia…to Saint Marys, Georgia…This four-lane highway came through all these small towns and destroyed their serenity and safety…All the problems now faced by Willacoochee and other small towns along Corridor Z could have been prevented if our city, county and state officials back in the 1970s had possessed wisdom and foresight.

I see in the future a revival of these wonderful small towns. I envision an exodus from the sprawl of today’s traffic-choked cities to places like Willacoochee, where walking or biking to the post office, to the grocery store, and to visit others is safe and revitalizing…

I also agree with him on that. Willacoochee truly is one of the most attractive small towns in South Georgia and has a lot of undiscovered potential. Locals know how great it is, but the outside world would be wise to take a look for themselves. I’d really like to see the community work to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Willacoochee was founded in 1889. Originally known as Danielsville, for a pioneer family in the area, its current name in honor of the river running to its west is thought to be a Native American term for “home of the wildcat”. It’s also home to the No Name Bar, made famous in the essay by Lewis Grizzard. The original bar has been replaced by a more modern structure, but remains a popular watering hole and music venue.

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Hardware Store Window, Pembroke

Pembroke GA Hardware Store Bryan County Fishing Tackle Window Sign Americana Dalmatian Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This great window sign and display is located at Pembroke Hardware.

 

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