W. R. Roddenbery Building, 1920, Cairo

w r roddenberry building cairo ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The Roddenbery name isn’t just synonymous with Cairo; it’s known throughout the nation for its products, from syrups to pickles. W. R. Roddenbery improved upon his father’s cane syrup recipe and in 1890 began commercial production. By 1920, when this building was constructed, Roddenbery’s was already a major food production industry. The second floor originally served as the Cairoga Club headquarters, with several business leasing storefronts downstairs. From 1932 to 1970, the business offices for the W. R. Roddenbery Company occupied the second floor. Sadly, Roddenbery’s was sold to Dean Foods in 1993, the local factory was sold ten years later, and no Roddenbery pickles or peanut butter are to be found today. Cane Patch Syrup is still around, though,  and the Cairo football team is still known as the Syrupmakers.

Cairo Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places


3 thoughts on “W. R. Roddenbery Building, 1920, Cairo

  1. Arlie Lamar Taylor better known as “Skint”

    In 1951 while I was attending high school in Griffin, Georgia I met Rebecca Roddenbery. She was a school teacher in Griffin at the time. Later she started dating my friend Henry Walker. Henry and I put together an independent basketball team in Griffin and played other independent teams all over the State of Georgia.Rebecca travels to most all the games. In September 1951 I started to school as a freshman at Georgia Tech lost contact with Rebecca The last time I saw Rebecca and Henry Walker was at a football game in Athens, Georgia Georgia Tech was playing the University of Georgia in 1953. Their seats were close to my seat at the game. In 1954 I joined the US Coast Guard and was transferred to the Hawaiian Islands for several years. I learned later that Rebecca and Henry were married and had a happy life together for forty plus years. Aloha!

  2. David Cowart

    You need to get a picture of the Graco Barbershop in Cairo. The origional 1929 furnishings are intact. Now owned by the Historical Society

    1. drtrd Post author

      Thanks for the tip, David. I was not aware of the Barbershop, but will definitely be checking that out next time I’m down Cairo way…


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