Category Archives: Stores

Rico Scout Hut, Georgia

Chattahoochee County, Fulton County

The Rico Scout Lodge served the community of Rico as a general store, post office, Masonic lodge, and a place where the local civic club. Built around 1898 by James McMillan, it served as the main gathering place for locals. In 2019, the owner gifted the building to the city of Chattahoochee Hills.

Carriage Factory, Georgia

Eatonton, Putnam County

It’s rare to find an antebellum building still standing. While it will be dismantled, I am glad I had the opportunity to photograph this 1818 carriage factory.

A ghost sign was hard to read in person, but the building has served as a carriage factory, a warehouse, and a garage.
These brackets are usually threaded into a beam. They help with building stabilization.

R.M. Jones General Store, Georgia

Troup County, Georgia

Known as the Crossroads Store, the store was built and opened in 1903. It’s been owned by the Avery family since the 1920s. Located in Jones Crossroad, Georgia, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Gold & Grass Farms, Georgia

Ball Ground, Cherokee County

Gold & Grass Farms- That’s the sign you see from the road, but this is the last remaining building from the Creighton/Franklin Gold Mine in Ball Ground, Georgia. Built in 1890, the “Shingle House” served the area as a commissary, post office, and a boarding house.

Cates House and Store, South Carolina

Glenn Springs, Spartanburg County

Built as a home in 1885, Robert Allen Cates, the town’s postmaster, lived here with his family until he chose to make it into a general store. In 1938, the nearby church used it as a Sunday school. The building was recently restored. It’s a contributing building to the Glenn Springs Historic District.

Maxeys Country Store, Georgia

Maxeys, Oglethorpe County

This building used to sit at the center of town in Maxeys, Georgia. Unfortunately, it burned a few months after I took this photo. The Winkles, the couple who ran the store, lived in the back. Mr. Winkle, a former mayor of the town, lost his life battling the fire which happened in January 2021.

A. J. Gillen Department Store, Georgia

Maxeys, Oglethorpe County

Built in 1908, the AJ Gillen Department Store was known as Macy’s of the South. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Maxeys, but there was a movement towards restoration. In 2018, it was listed as a Place in PPeril by the Georgia Trust. It’s a lovely building with superb detailing.

Waynesboro Grocery Company, Georgia

Waynesboro, Burke County

Once a wholesale grocery distribution location, the brick building was built in 1898 by local merchants. W. C. Hillhouse managed it. It’s a contributing building to the Waynesboro Historic District.