Category Archives: Stores

Richland Dry Cleaning-Richland, Georgia

Stewart County

The faded sign says Richland Dry Cleaning. Based on the age of the building, it likely served as another type, such as dry goods.

Luther Judson Price-Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County

The Price House

I owe this post to my two friends, Victoria and Ann. Both had shared photos of Luther Price’s house and said it was being restored. I adore this house, and I am glad that it is getting the attention it deserves.

Luther J. Price

Luther Price was a shopkeeper and the first appointed Black postmaster of South Atlanta. He and his wife, Minnie, lived above the store with their children until they decided to move just down the street on Gammons Street.

The Morse Building
Morse can be seen under one of the power lines with what looks to be the date of 1906. I am uncertain what the other date is.

Victoria was the one who asked why was the building called Morse. I delved into census records to see if I could determine the reason why. Well, Albert Morse and his family lived right behind the store. They lived next to each other according to the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 census records. Additionally, Morse is listed as a postal clerk. Since the 1890 Census Records were lost to fire, it is not known if the families knew each other before 1900 and who moved to the area first.

Morse house

The Morse house is still standing. In addition, Albert’s brother, Dr. George Skipworth Morse, was one of the first Black doctors to work for the Atlanta Public Schools. Both families were successful in their own right.

I hope to unravel more about the friendships between these two families.

Both families are buried in Southview Cemetery.

Luther J. Price Middle School is located close to where the Prices lived.

Ella’s Grove-Centenary, South Carolina

Marion County

B. F. Davis owned a plantation named Ella’s Grove on the Pee Dee River. As a Confederate soldier, he was captured by Federal troops. Upon his return, he started a store on Ella’s Grove.

Once the river was no longer needed to transport goods, the wooden store was moved closer to town near Centenary. Eventually the brick store was built by his sons. This is what’s left of what can be considered a ghost town.

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.