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Winston Street Scene

Winston Street Scene

Photograph shows a business block at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets in Winston. Businesses seen are: Griffith. [Moore]; T.S. Black, Groceries and Confectionaries; and Smith’s Drug Store.

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  1. The photographer was probably standing just behind the northwest corner wall of the first Forsyth County Courthouse. These businesses lined the west side of Liberty Street, with the business marked “Griffith Moore” sitting at the northwest corner of Liberty and Fourth. This may have been a “block” of businesses, but nothing approaching the size of a city block. Probably no more than 50 adults could have stood shoulder to shoulder across the entire expanse of buildings shown in this photograph. The side of the Griffith Moore business faced Fourth Street and would have coincided with the front of today’s O’Hanlon Building that was built in 1915. That building was erected primarily because of extensive fire damage done in 1913 to the three story O’Hanlon Building built in approximately 1895, which itself was built after these buildings burned down sometime between 1890-1895. Smith’s Drug store had a pretty hot location (right across the street from Thompson’s Drugs at the northeast corner of Main and Liberty). Thompson’s was a brick building and more established than Smith’s. Thompson’s was basically behind the Fourth Street side of the courthouse and usually even had a law office operating upstairs. But O’Hanlon’s apparently was able to compete very well and probably could not resist the present day location. I would bet the public got great drugstore service after 1895.

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