Tag Archives: North Georgia Murals

Jackson General Store, Lowell

L. H. Jackson General Merchandise was likely the main store in the crossroads community of Lowell, which had a post office from 1878-1903. It is very typical of late-19th and early-20th-century stores in Georgia. The Coca-Cola mural, though faded significantly, is an amazing survivor.

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Filed under --CARROLL COUNTY GA--, Lowell GA

Benson’s Bread Mural, Circa 1920, Winder

Demolition of several storefronts on Broad Street uncovered this historic mural around 2018. A ghost sign for Tanner Hardware is located above the mural, which reads: Benson’s Bread Is Good Bread. Benson’s Bakery was founded in nearby Athens in 1918 by Howard Benson, who quickly gained a reputation for excellent products and became the leading commercial baker in the area. He delivered to Winder and other communities outside Athens and his business grew rapidly. Restoration of the mural is a current project of the Barrow Preservation Society.

Broad Street Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --BARROW COUNTY GA--, Winder GA

False Front General Store, Rayle

One may notice a trend when in Rayle. The historic storefronts and warehouses are all sided with tin. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why this is the most interesting and significant of the bunch. There’s the wonderful Jefferson Island Salt mural, the tin brick, and the fact that it’s a rare two-story false front store (a shed roof has been removed). But most importantly, the owners have allowed it to stand intact all these years. I hope to learn more about it and hope it’s around for a long time.

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Filed under --WILKES COUNTY GA--, Rayle GA

Washington Wholesale Grocer, 1905

Though it may have been associated with other businesses over the years, I’m guessing this is best remembered by the company whose name is on this ghost mural, Washington Wholesale Grocer.

Washington Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WILKES COUNTY GA--, Washington GA

Mabry’s Grocery, Canon

This was home to Mabry’s Grocery for many years. A Coca-Cola mural with the store name once adorned the building but was painted over at some time. It was possibly home to another store in earlier years.

Canon Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --FRANKLIN COUNTY GA--, Canon GA

Convenience Store, Devereux

My use of the term “ghost town” for Devereux implies its historic area. As you might expect, there’s a Dollar General here now so it’s still a populated area.

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Filed under --HANCOCK COUNTY GA--, Devereux GA

Horse & Hunter Mural, Smarr

This building originally served as J. W. Ham General Merchandise, built in 1904.

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Filed under --MONROE COUNTY GA--, Smarr GA

Martin Institute Mural, Jefferson

This mural in downtown Jefferson commemorates the Martin Institute, a coeducational center of learning first established as the Jackson County Academy in 1818. The name was changed around 1860 upon the bequest of a large monetary gift by the late Inferior Court Judge William Duncan Martin. The original home of the institute was burned in 1883 and replaced by the structured depicted here in 1886. The school’s reputation reached far beyond Jefferson; U. S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Rucker Lamar was but one of its distinguished alumni. The Institute served the community until 1942, when it was the victim of an arsonist who turned out to be the son of the Jefferson Police Chief.

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Filed under --JACKSON COUNTY GA--, Jefferson GA

Laurel & Hardy Mural, 1996, Harlem

This mural, one of several tributes around Harlem, was created by Andrew Sabori. It’s located on the side of the Columbia Theatre. Though there is some debate as to whether he was born in Harlem or Covington, Harlem claims Oliver Hardy as its favorite son. He later lived in Milledgeville in Macon, as well. It was in Milledgeville, working as projectionist in a silent movie house, that he set out to become an actor. Hardy was one of the first comedy superstars, as the American half of Laurel and Hardy.

 

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Filed under --COLUMBIA COUNTY GA--, Harlem GA

Art Gallery Mural, Lincolnton

Lincolnton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --LINCOLN COUNTY GA--, Lincolnton GA