Riddleville, Georgia – Washington County – With about 100 residents, the tiny town of Riddleville has an interesting history.  This was the site of an antebellum academy. How did it gets it name?  We will take a quick look around this beautiful tiny town.

The house above caught my eye as soon as I arrived in Riddleville.  Turns out this home dates back to 1850! This Greek Revival cottage was originally built for the Wescoloski family.  About 20 years later it sold to the Jordan family, and it stayed in the Jordan family for over 100 years.  In older photos of the house, there are large trees – which line up with the lighter spots we see in the front yard.

Wecoloski-Jordan House, circa 1850

An early pioneer, Anderson Riddle, settled here around 1815.  Mr. Riddle was a proponent of education, and donated the land and funds to start up Riddleville Academy – chartered in 1859.  A historical marker on site details the Institute.  The school later became known as the Mount Vernon Institute and remained until 1891.  The town of Riddleville is named in honor of Anderson Riddle and his generosity.

Historical marker

A 1917 commercial building (J.Y. Ryan & Sons) sits at the intersection in Riddleville.

1917 Commercial Building, Riddleville
Riddleville, Ga (February 2019)

I love everything about this house below!  Front porch, picket fence – just looks like a wonderful home.


Across the street is the old general store – I always love these, and buildings like this are fading away too quickly around Georgia.

An old general store!

As I drove through the area this week, had to stop and take another look at the old general store.

Old General Store, Riddleville, Georgia

That’s a quick look around the tiny town of Riddleville. A couple of more tiny towns I’ve written about are below:

Tiny Town: Culloden

Tiny Town: Paoli

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

3 Replies to “Tiny Town: Riddleville”

  1. I used to ride through to stop in Riddleville.in the 60’s.. We would stop in the store. I would say where is the town?

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