Tag Archives: Georgia Post Offices

Post Office & General Store, Taylorsville

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December 31, 2020 · 12:00 pm

Brewster Mercantile Company, 1901, Esom Hill

A 1994 article by Gordon Sargent in North Georgia Journal notes that as long as most people can remember, this northwest Georgia community has enjoyed a rich reputation for high crimes and high times. Such has been the reputation for the little state line community in northwest Georgia’s Polk County for decades, an image fostered by a long record of illicit activities such as moonshining, gambling, and even darker crimes like murder.  And surprisingly, it seemed the stronger the criminal element became in the township, the less visible was law enforcement. Despite its infamy, Esom Hill, according to many residents, is a friendly community with caring neighbors and a bad name circulated by “outsiders”.  Just like many situations, the truth lies somewhere in
between.

A post office was established in the community, which was associated with the Shiloh Baptist Church, in 1850. It’s only about a mile from the Alabama state line. The origins of the name are unclear. In its heyday, Easom Hill had five general stores, three churches, a school, and a saloon. Two gins and a sawmill were also present.

Joseph Proctor Screven Brewster, who built this store after his first mercantile burned in 1901, was one of the pioneers of Esom Hill. It was one of the first businesses in the county to have electric power, provided by an early Delco System generator. It also served as the post office, with Brewster serving as postmaster.

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Filed under --POLK COUNTY GA--, Esom Hill GA

Old Post Office, 1892, Sargent

This served as the post office until 1982.

Sargent Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --COWETA COUNTY GA--, Sargent GA

Gratis Store & Post Office, 1919, Walton County

I’m a bit confused about this structure, which records date to 1919. Post office records indicate the office in this community only operated from 1893-1902. Records are often incorrect, though, and I hope to learn more.

 

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Filed under --WALTON COUNTY GA--, Gratis GA

Scruggsville Post Office, Circa 1887, Mitchell

Before the establishment of Mitchell, the nearest community was Scruggsville. In 1887, its post office was moved to be near the newly laid tracks of the Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Railroad and its name changed to honor its president, Robert Mitchell. The town was incorporated in 1896.

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Filed under --GLASCOCK COUNTY GA--, Mitchell GA

Ayers-Little Boarding House, Circa 1840 & 1885, Carnesville

The first part of this house was built circa 1840 as a residence and tavern and in 1860 was purchased by Jeremiah Ayers. He joined the original part of the house and  an adjacent post office with a breezeway. Ayers was a merchant and tanner and upon his death in 1885 his widow Louisa and their daughter Lizzie began taking in boarders to help support themselves. They lived in the basement and rented the upper rooms. Lizzie married Robert Little in 1901. They raised their children here and continued to take in boarders. Around 1930 they renovated and slightly expanded the boarding house and opened a coffee shop in the dining room. After Mr. Little’s death in 1943, Lizzie continued operating the business. In 1949, she became editor of the Carnesville Herald. She died in 1963.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --FRANKLIN COUNTY GA--, Carnesville GA

Old Post Office, Royston

This was most likely built to serve a commercial purpose and became the post office later. Many original elements have been retained but the loss of the windows and fanlights on the first floor is very unfortunate.

Royston Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --FRANKLIN COUNTY GA--, Royston GA

Warrenton Post Office, 1938

This New Deal post office is still in use. Louis A. Simon was the supervising architect.

Warrenton Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WARREN COUNTY GA--, Warrenton GA

Boyer Brothers’ Store & Post Office, Circa 1900, Linton

In its busiest days, Linton supported this and two other stores, including the Trawick and Harrison stores. The shed porch was added to the front circa 1930. The Linton Post Office was located within this store.

Linton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --HANCOCK COUNTY GA--, Linton GA

Post Office, Woodland

When I photographed in Woodland there were Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) nesting in front of the post office and flying all around 1st Street.

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Filed under --TALBOT COUNTY GA--, Woodville GA