Category Archives: Sardis GA

Savannah & Atlanta Railway Coaling Tower, Sardis

The text that follows is abridged from a plaque at this site, which was dedicated to the people of Sardis in 2017. To me, the most unusual thing about the tower is how modern it looks, even if it resembles an old frontier fort. Though the text doesn’t definitively say when it was built, I believe it was during the ownership of the Savannah & Atlanta Railway, circa 1917-1921.

The Sardis Coal Chute, also known to locals as the Coaling Tower, is a reminder of the days when steam locomotives dominated the railroads and when Sardis was a booming little town. This intact coaling tower…was once used to load coal into the tenders of steam locomotives using a gravity feed system. The tower was built with solidly reinforced concrete and stands approximately 90 feet tall…The 142 mile rail line, Savannah & Atlanta, ran from S&A Junction, between Camak and Warrenton, to Savannah…

Sardis did not have a railroad until 1911 when the Brinson Railway was extended from Millhaven to Waynesboro. Later, on March 26, 1914, the line became the Savannah & Northwestern and even later, in July 1917, became the Savannah & Atlanta Railway. The line entered receivership in 1921 and was sold to Robert M. Nelson in 1929. The Central of Georgia bought it from Nelson in 1951. In 1962 the Central of Georgia abandoned the line between Waynesboro and Savannah and Sardis was once again left without a railroad.


Sardis, Georgia

The two-story building houses the local Masonic lodge and other businesses. JEP writes: The bottom floor of this building, the corner was at one time the Bank of Sardis. Now it is the Sardis office for Shepperd Gas Company. The vault is still in the building and functions as storage. The far end of this building, first floor once served as a grocery store, a women’s clothing shop, and even a tire company. Now it’s home to a salon & flea market. Sadly, during mandated renovation/ city beautification the front steps to this old building were removed and destroyed. Replaced by a ramp. These are the steps many teens hung out on on weekend nights for nearly a century. They are missed.

This view shows more of the storefronts along Charles Perry Avenue.

Cold Beer & Coca-Cola Sign, Sardis

This sign was located beside the Cotton Gin Food Mart. I’m guessing there was a cotton gin here at one time, and a bar or pool hall back in the 1960s, judging by the age of the Coca-Cola sign.