Category Archives: Mitchell GA

Llewellyn Kitchens Memorial, 1907, Mitchell

This obelisk is a memorial to Llewellyn Kitchens, who died at the age of 15. (19 February 1892-13 March 1907). He is buried in the Mitchell Cemetery, but presumably his father was very saddened by his death and wanted to pay special tribute to him. A verse on the memorial reads: He did not fall like drooping flowers that no man noticeth, But the great branch of some stately tree rent in the tempest and flung down to death. Thick with green leafage — so that piteously each passerby that ruin shuddereth and sayeth: The gap that breach has left is wide, the loss thereof can never be supplied.

His death notice, from the 17 March 1907 Atlanta Constitution, states: LITTLE NEWS AGENT DIES – Popular Little Constitution Agent at Mitchell Passes Away Llewellyn Kitchens, the only son of T. L. Kitchens…died here last night. This young man, only 15 years of age at the time of his death, had become widely known as one of the most energetic and successful newspaper agents in this section of the state. He had represented the Constitution here as agent for a number of years. His death occurred after but a brief illness, being forced to remain in bed only since last Saturday. He is survived by his father, mother and one sister. His father is one of the most prominent merchants of this place and he was descended from a long line of distinguished citizens of this section.

Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Railroad Depot, Circa 1886, Mitchell

This beautifully restored Victorian passenger and freight depot is the centerpiece of a nice public park and also houses a museum of local history. A similar depot survives down the line at Matthews. The Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville was the impetus for the settlement of Mitchell and the town grew rapidly as a result of the depot’s construction.

B. C. Wilcher General Merchandise, Mitchell

This is an amazingly well-preserved general store, like most of the commercial structures in the historic area of Michell. I’m really surprised the whole downtown isn’t on the National Register of Historic Places. It should be.

Scruggsville Post Office, Circa 1887, Mitchell

Before the establishment of Mitchell, the nearest community was Scruggsville. In 1887, its post office was moved to be near the newly laid tracks of the Augusta, Gibson & Sandersville Railroad and its name changed to honor its president, Robert Mitchell. The town was incorporated in 1896.

Historic Storefront, Mitchell

R. M. Coleman operated a Chevrolet dealership in Mitchell in the 1920s and perhaps into the 1930s. This structure is likely older than that association, and since it features several murals, may just be honoring the historic dealership.

Storefront, Mitchell

I’m not sure what purpose this building served, but it was likely a grocery store. It also has the appearance of some mid-century post offices.

Haywood’s, Mitchell

This was last home to a grocery store and an Amoco service station. Gwinnette Kendrick writes: This was the Haywood family store and service station operated back in the 1960s. Mr. Jack Haywood operated the store

Queen Anne Cottage, Mitchell

Mitchell, Georgia

These nicely maintained buildings on Mitchell’s Main Street are like a trip back in time. The Coca-Cola sign hangs above the old Kelley Mercantile.

Mitchell Baptist Church, 1900