W. R. Groves Cotton Warehouse, Byromville

This has been an active warehouse since at least the 1930s.


6 thoughts on “W. R. Groves Cotton Warehouse, Byromville

  1. Cynthia Trammell Slocum

    My Grandfather was William Cooksey Groves( twin brother of Walter)… My Mother ( Betty Groves Trammell), grew up in ByromvIlle–her funeral was at ByromvIlle First Baptist just 3 years ago. I was so happy to show my children and grandchildren the main street of ByromvIlle where my sister and cousins would walk to Kitchens to get ice cream in the summer…. Our family along with my mothers siblings and their families and cousins would all gather on the 4th of July to celebrate and love being in ByromvIlle. Great childhood memories 🙂 a very sweet little town!
    Several cousins still there.

    1. Claudia Trammell McClain

      Yes, a wonderful little town where our Mother, Betty Groves Trammell, grew up. Visits to Byromville fill my sister’s and my memories with pleasant feelings of the Old South at its finest. The feeling of careing that was there was like no other. People were warm and hospitable, maybe because they knew and loved my Mother, or maybe because they were beloved cousins who rolled out the red carpet with every visit! Peaches were in abundance, ice cream at Mr. Billy Kitchens Pharmacy, and visits to our Grandfather’s (Mr. Walter C. Groves), and always Sunday School at the First Baptist Church are among the wonderful remembrances of this important little Georgia town. Mr. Will and our Uncle Walter were twins and always in business together, lived a stone’s throw away from each other, and married sisters! This Cotton Mill and the Peach Packing House were a part of our growing up visiting sweet Byromville, too. It was once said that the Cotton Gin was the biggest east of the Mississippi and the Peach Packing House produced and shipped more than any other anywhere,Thank you for helping to preserve the history of this special place. If only the sidewalks could talk!

      1. Brian Brown Post author

        Thank you for your thoughtful response and for sharing your memories. It’s one of my favorite little towns in this part of Georgia.

  2. Eric Cawthon

    This past Nov. 2010, I was in cordele for the VHS class of 70-71 reunion. Of course, I took the time to visit Byromville. After 10 years since my last visit, It was good to be back to a town I have always referred to as “home.” I got out of my car and took a walk around town. It was a very sad exp. for me. A once active little town, was no more. All of the stores were boarded up and house were I once visited were abandon and over taken by weeds. In the 60’s, you had to look both ways to cross the street, now it seemed to be just an excerise of habit.

  3. Mark Cawthon

    I remember seeing many cotton bails lined up outside of the warehouse.
    You could smell the cotton from a block away. I haven’t smelled anything like it since. Cross the railroad track was Herbert Salebas peach packing plant. That was a favorite summer job for many, I was to young but my brother Eric worked there making boxes in the upstairs and he would put them down a shoot.


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