I’ve seen these structures described as barns, and perhaps they’ve been used for that purpose for many years, but their design indicates an earlier commercial use. The obelisk is the Reverend Daniel Marshall memorial, placed in 1903 to commemorate the founder of Kiokee Baptist Church.
The larger structure was likely a general store/mercantile.
Downtown Lincolnton was surprisingly busy when I was there. I was glad to see that most of the storefronts were in use.
Lincolnton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
This is located in the Beulah* community on the Wilkes-Lincoln County line. Thanks to Ricci Rhodes Cameron and Randy Rhodes for the identification. Ricci writes, via our Facebook page: It was originally Beard Grocery. My great-grandfather started it, and my grandfather bought it, and changed the name to Rhodes Grocery. When it closed it was known as Ricks Place, owned by Rick Harper, a cousin.
*Regarding Beulah: there are at least six communities in Georgia with the name and at least 57 in the United States.
Diane Culpepper writes, via our Facebook page: The general store pictured above is Balchin Store on Lincolnton Highway in Elbert County. Thriving store until the early 70’s.
This was built by the Chickamauga lodge in 1926 but has had commercial tenants over the years.
Chickamauga Historic District, National Register of Historic Places
LaFayette has done a great job of maintaining their historic commercial architecture.
Rows of storefronts and free-standing commercial blocks all seem to be occupied, which is unusual for a town of this size these days. It’s very pedestrian-friendly.