The Riverside Motel, located near the Georgia-Florida state line, was once a popular stop for travelers. The motel was built sometime in the 1950s. The one-story L-shaped motel has a dozen rooms with a separate office in the center. The motel owners also operated a neighboring souvenir and package store on the property.
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.
By the late 1970s, many travelers opted to use the newly built, more convenient I-95 instead of the state highways and backroads. It is unclear, but the original owners may have 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.
For more photos from the old Riverside Motel, check out Abandoned North Florida.