Category Archives: Harris City GA

Harris City Baptist Church, Meriwether County

Much of this structure has obviously been modified, but the pilasters on the facade appear to be original. If so, this is probably a very old church

Herman Phillips Grocery, Harris City

Mary Ellen McDuffie writes: This was a grocery store operated by my “uncle” Herman Phillips. Later, in the mid-1960’s, it was converted to a machine shop operated by my late husband and his step-father. The mural appears to date from the 1970s or 1980s.

Commercial Storefront, Harris City

This was likely a grocery store, mid-20th century. But that’s just a guess.

Ruins of Jenkins General Store, 1906, Harris City

harris city ga ruins of jenkins general store photogrpah copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2016

George W. Jenkins, Sr., built Jenkins General Store with hand-cut rock to replace its wood frame predecessor. Jenkins was a successful merchant, drawing shoppers from all over the area to Harris City. The business thrived until the early 1920s, when the boll weevil signaled a collapse of the cotton-based agricultural economy. George, Sr, moved to Atlanta and established a small grocery store, less susceptible to the ups-and-downs of the agricultural economy. In the meantime, his son, George, Jr., graduated from Greenville High School and moved to Florida in 1925 to seek his fortune in real estate. He took a job with Piggly Wiggly, however, and after just a couple of months as a clerk he was promoted to manager.  In 1930 he left Piggly Wiggly and opened the first Publix store in Winter Haven. Today, Publix is one of the largest grocery store chains in the nation. I like to think that lessons Mr. Jenkins learned here in Harris City, at his father’s side, helped make him into the successful entrepreneur that he became.