Tag Archives: North Georgia Post Offices

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

Historic Storefronts, Moreland

While photographing Moreland, we had the good luck of running into Carol Chancey. Carol, a member of the Moreland Cultural Arts Association, is very enthusiastic about the history of this place. We talked a lot about Lewis Grizzard and Erskine Caldwell and plans for preserving what is left of Moreland. She also identified the buildings seen here. Besides the Cureton & Cole store on the left, she notes that the middle building was a doctor’s office and the one on the right was the old post office.

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Filed under --COWETA COUNTY GA--, Moreland GA

Cavender’s Store, Circa 1840, Villanow

Most often referred to today as the Villanow General Store, this structure of handmade brick sourced at the site began operations around 1840 and has had numerous owners over years. It’s among the oldest extant stores in Georgia. The only one I know of that’s older, in fact, is the Brick Store in Newton County.

It also housed the Villanow post office for many years, the Odd Fellows lodge, and even the Justice of the Peace. The community was known as Sunset at the time it was constructed. Roland Kinsey and William D. Underwood were two of the first owners of the store, though it has historically been associated with Joseph Warren Cavender (1845-1919). Cavender, who had served as postmaster and mayor of Villanow in the 1870s and 1890s, owned the store until his death, but had at least one partner in the business, James Harvey Shahan (1868-1949). Owners who followed over the years include Claude Clements, Dr. J. A. Shields, M. Gordon Keown, J. C. Phillips, Otto Morgan, Roy Morgan, Ottis Poarch, O. H. “Doc” Penland, and Rodney Edwards. Mr. Edwards was instrumental in helping save the store when a four-lane highway was proposed through the community.

I had a nice visit with Dr. Michael Kisner who moved his chiropractic office into the store in 2015. His wife Deborah has roots in the area and the couple are happy to have been able to save such a landmark. They’ve done extensive work on the structure, retaining as many of its original features as possible.

National Register of Historic Places

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Filed under --WALKER COUNTY GA--, Villanow GA