Madras was originally known as Powellville and later, Powell’s Station. By 1904, the name was changed to Madras. I believe the depot was built around the time of the name change but have been unable to locate any history.
Thanks to Carol Chancey of the Moreland Cultural Arts Association for pointing me in the direction of Madras.
This store and the shed beside it, are very close to the US 29 right of way.
Caroline Shepherd Pollet writes: I ran across your photos of Madras, Ga. I showed them to my 100 year old mother, Rowena Redwine Shepherd. I grew up hearing the story of Madras. Madras was named by my great aunt, Bessie Redwine, who ran the Whistle stop station. She was given the honor of naming it when a post office was established. She wanted it to have a unique name. She chose Madras after the town in India. Madras mostly consisted of the Redwine family, Uncle Word Redwine, Cousin Ben, Auntie Bess, my great grandmother, Caroline Word Redwine (I am named for her). There was one store.
Mike Cavender writes: Once belonged to Hulett Rooks. He was a barber and cut my hair from 1947 to 1955. We moved to Newnan from Happy Valley. He and Leon Cavender were boyhood friends. Mr. Rooks sold feed, food, and gas.