Tag Archives: Carroll County

W. E. Johnson’s Sweet Potato & Curing Storage-Roopville, Georgia

Carroll County

South of Carrollton and near Roopville is this landmark. If you’re like me, you may not know what curing sweet potatoes means. Sweet potatoes become sweeter because the starch converts to sugars. This process takes approximately two to three weeks. The time can be shortened to less than a week if the potatoes can be stored at 85F.

R. E. Ringer General Merchandise Store-Carroll County, Georgia

Built in 1927, the R. E. Ringer General Merchandise store is located south of Carrollton, Georgia. The store was owned by Richard E. and Etta Ringer. In 1933, it was documented as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey by the photographer Andy Hall. It was documented as an important example of a rural commercial building.

Historic American Buildings Survey photos courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Glass Grave House-Whitesburg, Georgia

Carroll County

Grave houses, also known as grave shelters, are a Southern burial practice that likely began in the Appalachian Mountains. Like mortsafes, they served a similar purpose to protect the grave from robbers. It also helped protect the burial site from the elements. Most grave houses have disappeared over the years due to the elements eventually deteriorating the wood.

This is the final resting place of Nannie Lambert Glass, who died in 1899, in Whitesburg City Cemetery.

Crypts at Hillcrest Cemetery-Villa Rica, Georgia

Carroll and Douglas Counties

These are some of the oldest crypts I’ve photographed in the state of Georgia. Located in Hillcrest Cemetery, I suspect these were made close to the time the cemetery was founded in 1826. There are no visible names on the crypts.