“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near LaFayette in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)


Villanow Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, November 18, 2008
1. Villanow Marker
Inscription. Ante-bellum cross-roads settlement; name taken from Jane Porter's novel: 'Thaddeus of Warsaw.' May 7, 1864, Kilpatrick's Cav., having crossed Taylor's Ridge at Nickajack Gap, moved to Gordon's Springs where it was joined by Ireland's brigade (Geary's Div., 20th A.C.). May 8, these troops moved to Villanow to meet & support McPherson's forces (US) moving E. from Ship's & Gordon Springs Gaps in Taylor's Ridge.

McPherson's troops reached Villanow at noon & continued E. to Snake Creek Gap - a surprise move to outflank Johnston's forces at Dalton. The seizure of Snake Cr. Gap was effected while Geary's Div. (20th A.C.) (US) attacked Dug Gap.
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 146-9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 40.435′ N, 85° 6.886′ W. Marker is near LaFayette, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 136 and Georgia Route 201, on the left when traveling east on State Route 136. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11825 East Highway 136, La Fayette GA 30728, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this
Villanow General Store Photo, Click for full size
circa 1880
2. Villanow General Store
The Villanow General Store is listed in the National Register of Historical Places (under the name: Cavender's Store). It holds the record as being the oldest free standing country store in the State of Georgia. Included in the documentation of the National Register of Historical Places is information the store was built by owner and operator Joseph Warren Cavender of Villanow. He was a veteran of the War Between the States on the Confederate side. The store is still located at the main intersection of Villanow, Walker County, Georgia.
Joseph Warren Cavender is pictured on the front porch of his store wearing a vest and tie as he posed with fellow town folk.
marker, measured as the crow flies. McPherson’s Army at Snake Creek Gap (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geary's Division to Dug Gap (approx. 3.3 miles away); West Armuchee Valley (approx. 3.7 miles away); Ship's Gap (approx. 4.4 miles away); William Little House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Twentieth Corps in Dogwood Valley (approx. 5.2 miles away); "Callaway Place" - 1814. (approx. 5.2 miles away); Snake Creek Gap (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in LaFayette.
Also see . . .  They built the history of Villanow - Joseph Cavender. (Submitted on August 5, 2013.)
Additional comments.
1. Joseph Warren Cavender's birth date.
My Greatgrandfather -- Joseph Warren Cavender -- was born in the year of 1845. This means that estimates that he built the Villanow Country Store in the year of 1847 is obviously incorrect.

It is my belief, after interviewing many local folks familiar with the history of Villanow and the Cavender Country Store, that there must have been another previous store near the location of today's Villanow Country Store (now closed), which would be the one visited by the Union Troops, instead.

It would have been a number of years after Joseph Warren Cavender's service in the Civil War, when he returned to Villanow and used the earnings from helping restore the area of the
Modern Day Cavender General Store of Villanow Photo, Click for full size
By Eddie Hightower, circa 2004
3. Modern Day Cavender General Store of Villanow
Modern day owners and operators of the Cavender General Store of Villanow, Walker County, Georgia, have been the Edwards, and the Vess families.
This photo shows an artistic rendition of the store painted on the northern side of the store.
When Joseph Warren Cavender operated his store, he also had buggy & wagon shop, a blacksmith shop, and a cotton mill on his property.
Cavender offered Villanow citizens most all of their needs, including caskets at his business location.
Battle of Chickamauga as an employee of the United States Government that he began to build his two-story brick Villanow Country Store. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted December 7, 2012, by Eddie Hightower of Branchville, South Carolina.

Categories. War, US Civil
National Listing of Historic Places Marker of Cavender General Store Photo, Click for full size
By Eddie Hightower, circa 2004
4. National Listing of Historic Places Marker of Cavender General Store
Near the front entrance of the Cavender General Store of Villanow, Walker County, Georgia, can be seen the metallic commemorative marker, which proclaims the historic nature of this two story brick building which for a short time during the War Between the States, was a stop-over for the Union Cavalry Soldiers, who rode their mounts through the aisles of this historic country store.
Note the date on this commemorative marker is now in question. Mr. Cavender is cited as the builder but, according to his gravestone and the article linked above, he wasn't born until 1845.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,819 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Eddie Hightower of Branchville, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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