Category Archives: Poulan GA

Cotton Mill Tenant House, Poulan


I first thought this to be a commissary but Hugh Harris West writes that this was not a commercial structure. It was a shotgun cotton mill house and I knew the families who lived there in the ’40’s and ’50’s. There was an identical house to the right of this. I do not know what is stored, if anything, in this structure now. The exterior window treatments were changed when it ceased to be a dwelling.


Broad Street, Poulan

poulan ga broad street storefronts photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The water tower was removed in 2010.

Grocery Store, Poulan

poulan ga grocery store photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

The white building on the left has always been Poulan’s grocery store. Hugh Harris West writes: Mr. Harvey Carter and wife Ella Ruth, ran this store. Russell and Gertie Houston ran the store and market during the 60’s. Mr. Leon Gray and wife Gladys came next I believe. Mr. Alton Gray (Leon’s brother) had already closed his store by this time.

Poulan Library, 1908


The early 20th century was a time of vast civic improvements in the United States, and small towns were as involved in these efforts as were larger cities. The Poulan Library and its initial collection of books was a gift from philanthropist and Michigan governor (1911-13) Chase Osborne, who often stayed at his nearby plantation, Possum Poke. Significantly, the Poulan Library was the only public library in Worth County until the Worth County Public Library opened in 1931. The library was also the meeting place of the Poulan Women’s Club from its founding in 1916 until the 1930s. Still open today, it’s said to be the smallest public library in Georgia.

National Register of Historic Places

Hardage House, Poulan

poulan ga hardage willis pattee house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2008

Hugh Harris West writes: Mr. Henry Hardage and family were the earliest and primary occupants of this house until the early 50’s. Mr. Henry Hardage was the ice man and delivered chunks of ice two or three times a week to those families who had ice boxes rather than refrigerators as my family did.

Abandoned Bank, Poulan


Hugh Harris West shared a bit of the history of this old bank: After the bank closed, it was used as the Post Office for a long time. Later, It was used as “Ms. Pricilla Garner’s Studio of Piano and Voice.” I took voice lessons there for a few years in high school…I never learned to sing very good. I did a few local weddings since there was not too many folks available…(Later) Fred Carter (made) a laundromat out of it. I ride by it weekly. It would make a wonderful little museum.

D. A. Phelps Building, Poulan


Built by early Poulan businessman D. A. Phelps, this structure has served many purposes over the years. Hugh Harris West writes: This was Mr. Goodman’s Drug Store during my years in Poulaln. There was a gasoline pump out front at the corner and we could see the gasoline as it entered the glass top after being pumped. Dr. Harris came to Poulan about twice a week. His office was above the front of the store…At one time in the early 40’s the Post Office was in the rear of the building. Later, apartments were made in the upper and lower rear of the building. I understand that the Phelps family was an important part of Poulan’s development around the early 1900’s.


Tin Cafe, 1940s, Poulan


Hugh Harris West recalls that this was a “tin cafe” during the 1940s and 1950s. I’m unsure what other uses it’s had over the years. It could have been a barber/beauty shop at some point, too.