Riverside Motel

Riverside Motel

The Riverside Motel is located near the Georgia-Florida state line. The motel, once a popular stop for travelers, was built some time in the 1950s. The one-story L-shaped motel has a dozen rooms with a separate office in the center. A neighboring souvenir and package store on the property were also operated by the motel owners.

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Before it closed many Georgia residents would cross the state line and buy alcohol from St. Mary’s Liquors in Florida. For years, Georgia was one of only three states that would not allow stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. The sale of alcohol on Sunday was not allowed in Georgia until 2011. 

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By the late 1970s, many travelers opted to use the newly built, more convenient I-95 instead of the state highways and back roads. It is unclear but the original owners may of sold the property during the 1980s. It appears the motel has sat vacant ever since. Many of the rooms still have mattresses, furniture, televisions, even clothing left behind. Today, the abandoned motel and liquor store remain vacant. The property is still for sale.

Riverside Motel

 

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6 Replies to “Riverside Motel”

  1. Yes, highway changes can kill businesses and towns like this, sad but can’t stop progress, all well run businesses will had had good notice to close shop well in advance of the new highways being built, perhaps even compensated for the loss to business from redirected roading, who knows.

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