Loraine Frederick notes that this was a general merchandise store, operated by Murphy Durden, and later by Jack Johnson.
Martha P. Youngblood writes: This is another place I remember well from my childhood! Mama and I would visit Miss Dee (Horton) during the summer on some of our rambles to Mt. Zion Church to check on the family headstones. Always had a ball listening to the two of them talk.
Norristown was a busy place at one time. There were now fewer four stores, a post office, an agricultural warehouse, and a theatre in its heyday. Today, none are open, but what remains is one of the most intact “ghost towns” in all of South Georgia.
When I photographed this landmark, it was already beginning to collapse. As of 2016, I imagine it must be gone.
It was likely the busiest place in Norristown during the harvest.
Besides its link to Norristown’s agricultural past, the warehouse was used for advertising. Two Coca-Cola murals adorned either side of the building.
And there’s even a local sign, for Dee Horton’s Grocery.
This is best known as Johnson’s Grocery and the Norristown Post Office. Johnson’s Grocery and Horton’s Grocery were run by sisters, Eloise Johnson and Dee Horton. Both stores were open until just a few years ago. Art Chance notes: It has some hints of railroad architecture and I’m thinking it might be what once was the Bruton and Pineora Railroad depot in Norristown. Yeah, Norristown once had railroad service! You could go east as far as Statesboro and west to Dublin and there connect with larger roads and the whole wide world.
I do agree that it has hints of railroad architecture, and a connection to such a rare shortline would be fascinating.