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Cherokee Block, Atlanta
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Only one business, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company, New York can be identified within the building at Peachtree and Cherokee (now Edgewood Avenue), but its occupation after the war was front page news in the Weekly Atlanta Intelligencer. The building burned to the ground in 1864, and rebuilt as a brick building, The corner is now the of the Georgia Bookstore.

Rebuilding the structure was completed in late 1865 and one of the first to enter the building was Huff & Cox, described as "Wholesale, Produce, Commission, and Forwarding Merchants." Run by Carson Cox, (Mr. Huff ran the Macon end of the business) the company specialized in expediting orders between those two cities although they handled all kinds of freight within the state.

Doctor James. A. Taylor was pharmacist whose business was on the first floor of the three-story building before the Civil War. When the building was destroyed in 1864, Taylor decided to wait for the completion of the new Cherokee Block and reopen his pharmacy in the same location. His wife was active in the community. Another office held the Taylor & Ball company, which sold medicine, paints, oils, due stuffs, and other articles common to drug stores in the Southeast after the Civil War. Taylor, owner of the business, had been an antebellum pharmacist.

Finally, a liquor importing and distribution company known as Cox and Hill was also noted as occupying Cherokee Block. The company did not limit itself to liquor, however, and did have an extensive business as a general commission house.



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