Category Archives: Grovania GA

Grovania, Georgia

Besides Ellis Grocery, the old Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad freight depot is the last public landmark in Grovania. The graffiti on the passing train car seems to sum up how often you might encounter a scene like this today.


Central Hallway House, Grovania

Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad Depot, Grovania


It’s hard to believe that Grovania once serviced two railroads, but until about 1920, the Ocilla Southern also ran through the community. I’ve not been able to locate a date for this depot, but I believe it’s probably from the first two decades of the 20th century.

Ellis Grocery, Grovania

grovania ga historic ellis grocery photograph copyright brian brown vanishing soiuth georgia usa 2010
This landmark has been a favorite of photographers for at least a decade. I’ve never learned much about its background. I recently heard (2015) that most of the old signage is now gone.
grovania ga ellis grocery coca cola sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Memories of Grovania and Ellis Grocery.
Mike Paulk: I lived in Grovania in the early 50’s, bought candy at the grocery. I remember there was no refrigeration and all the meat lay on large tables covered with salt. I live next door to some people who’s name was Horton I think. They had a son named David.
Laura Kemp: I remember my granddaddy taking me to this store and buying me candy. He and my grandmama lived next door. I loved the old stores like this. They were so cool inside in the summer. The hoop cheese and pickles on the counter. The screen doors with the Colonial Bread sign. Always people around “shooting the breeze”.
This photo dates to 2017. The old sign is gone but the gas pump remains and Ellis Grocery is still one of the most photographed landmarks in this part of Georgia.