History of Habersham Hardware

Habersham Hardware and Cornelia Big Red ApplieIn 1946, a small, unused building sat facing the railroad in Cornelia, Georgia. Through the dust and noise, former U.S. Navy sailor, Paul Reeves, saw a golden opportunity to both fulfill his dream and serve the families of the growing Habersham County community. Within the year, Habersham Hardware had opened its doors.

Having worked in his brother's hardware stores located elsewhere in the country, Paul understood what it took to make a lumber and hardware center flourish. Investing heavily into the business and the surrounding community, Paul and his faithful 'family' of local employees sold lumber, tools, paint and other building products, growing their reputation as fair and ethical business people who truly cared.

Habersham Hardware Today

Today, more than 60 years later, Habersham Hardware is still located in that same building facing the railroad in Cornelia! Of course, the facility has grown to accomodate new products, new technology, and new faces to serve our customers. Additionally, Habersham Hardware also boasts a second location in Clarkesville, Georgia!

While much has changed over the years, what hasn't changed is the pioneer spirit that has guided the business through bad times and good. Ever watchful and dedicated to the community, the Habersham Hardware team is made up of local, long-term members of the community with a passion for building.

Notable Events of 1946

  • Habersham Hardware opened our doors for business in Cornelia, Georgia
  •  World War II ended
  •  The first Baby Boomers were born
  •  Rita Hayworth was a box-office sensation
  •  "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at movie theaters
  •  ENIAC, the first US general purpose computer was finished
  •  The first US rocket left the Earth's atmosphere
  •  The bikini bathing suit debuted in Paris
  •  The first photograph of Earth from outer space was taken from the V-2 No. 13 rocket