Tag Archives: North Georgia Garages & Filling Stations

Pure Oil Service Station, Circa 1932, Hartwell

This was built by the Wofford Oil Company, known as Woco Pep. Wofford was affiliated with the Pure Oil Company. When Pure Oil merged with Union Oil in 1973, the station was slated for closing, but Martin White, who had managed the property since 1941, purchased it and kept it open for many year thereafter, at least into the late 1980s.

National Register of Historic Places

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Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, Buchanan

I can’t resist photographing classic cars.

 

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Service Station, Morganton

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I don’t find too many gas stations like this any more. This is so authentic it could be a movie set.

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Service Station, Homer

 

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Homer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Garrison Service Station, Homer

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I’m not sure of the date or corporate affiliation of this service station, but it was opened by Oscar Garrison in the 1930s.

Homer Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Grocery Store, Durand

durand ga country store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

This was probably a busy place back in its heyday. The owners have spruced it up a bit with the mural and paintings on the windows.

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Turner’s Corner Cafe, 1928, Lumpkin County

Turners Corner Cafe Lumpkin County GA Mountains Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Heading south on US 19 from Blood Mountain to Cleveland, you’ll pass by this place. Originally built as a gas station and then expanded into a country store, it’s been a cafe for many years. Of its many owners across the decades, it’s founder Charles Turner is best known. He was a local legend who famously kept a soda-guzzling pet bear. Heavily guarded all-night poker games with local politicians are as much a part of its history as are Friday-night dances for local teenagers back in the 50s. With such diversity, it’s a wonderful survivor. After going into foreclosure in 2009, the building sat empty for two years; Steve Amoruso bought it and stabilized it while retaining its integrity.

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Norman Automotive Service, Elberton

Elberton GA Norman Automotive Service Garage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

History isn’t always pretty old houses and country churches. Independent businesses like this, which were once the norm in our small towns, are getting rarer.

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Old Sinclair Station, Elberton

Old Sinclair Service Station Elberton GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This is now home to the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce.

Elberton Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Conley’s Service Station, Siloam

Siloam GA Greene County Garage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Travis Conley & Carroll Underwood for the identification.

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