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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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Railroad Street, Alamo

Alamo GA Wheeler County Hardware Store Agricultural Warehouses Water Towers Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The hardware store in the foreground is a nice contrast to the old agricultural warehouses and water towers. Dot H. Brown writes that her father, J. F. Hattaway and his business partner Cecil Carroll built and operated the cotton gin and warehouses until about 1970.

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TNT Country Store, Alamo

Alamo GA Wheeler County T and T Country Store Feed Seed Hardware Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Commercial Ruins, Stapleton

Ruins of Stapleton Denton Hardware Grocery Master Trouser Garment Factory Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Demolition of this large structure began as early as 2007. It was first home to Stapleton-Denton Hardware & Groceries, a general merchandise store. More recently it housed the Stapleton Garment Factory and its predecessor, the Master Trouser Corporation.

Ruins of Stapleton Denton Hardware Grocery Master Trouser Garment Factory Rural Diaspora Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Knights of Pythias Lodge, Louisville

Louisville GA Knights of Pythias Hall Museum Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The two-story brick building was once home to the Knights of Pythias; today it serves as the Museum and Archives of the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Sheldon Daitch writes: A little more history on the building which now houses the Jefferson County Historical Society. My earliest recollections of that building (early 1950s) is that the ground floor was Goldfarb’s Department Store, owned by Leon and Zelda Goldfarb. At some point, they move out of Louisville and my father moved his clothing store, Daitch Department Store, from the one story dark green fronted building to the two story building, pretty much doubling the floor space for the store.

After the old Daitch location was emptied, Sam Clark opened a hardware store, run first by Sam, senior, and then Sam junior ran it for a number of years.

The Historical Society took over the building at some point after my father retired and closed up the store. I do not know if there was any occupant in the ground floor between Dad’s store closure and the Historical Society’s occupancy.

Also note the brick wall between the two sets of display windows. When my Dad had the property, that brick wall was actually an entrance to the stairway for the second floor occupants. I believe the Historical Society closed up that outside entrance and then made an entryway to the stairs from inside the building.

Louisville Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Dame’s Hardware, Danville

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Jane Davidson Kirksey states that this was once Edgar Maxwell’s general store, but apparently, it’s better remembered as Grady Dame’s hardware store.

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Wilson Hardware Building, Hazlehurst

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Located across Hinson Street from A. J. Lowery’s Western Auto, Wilson Hardware is a longtime Hazlehurst landmark. I think they’ve been in business since the early part of the 20th century.

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Uvalda Hardware

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Uvalda Hardware is one of those rare remaining independent businesses that serve the needs of small towns all over South Georgia. Very few survive in this era of “big-box” stores.

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Abandoned Theatre, Pitts

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While photographing in Pitts one day, I was told that this was the old movie theatre. Pitts was once a much busier place. Robert Jett notes that this was Jett’s Hardware, operated by his father, E. B. Jett, from about 1955 to 1960; he confirms that it was used as a theatre before then.

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