Located on the corner of Dallas Highway and Mars Hill Road/Lost Mountains Road in West Cobb, Georgia, the Old Lost Mountain Store is considered an important landmark in the West Cobb area.
The store was originally built in 1881 on a site that was purchased by Judge Aaron Lafayette Bartlett. Judge Bartlett saw potential for the area and decided to buy 200 acres at this local, rural corner. He purchased the entire parcel for only $2.95.
Doing a lot of the construction and labor themselves (including making the bricks to build the store), Judge Bartlett and his brother-in-law, John Coleman Watson, in 1881 they opened The Watson and Bartlett Store.
Soon the Lost Mountain Store became a central place for local West Cobb residents. The store would boast that they carried everything from “baby needs to burial supplies”.
Since then, the Lost Mountain Store has been witness to many changes in West Cobb County. Dallas Highway is no longer a dirt road but a 4 lane central east/west thoroughfare. And Lost Mountain Store is now an outparcel of the Lost Mountain Publix shopping complex.
No longer do West Cobb residents stop by the Lost Mountain Store to sip on a bottle of Coca-Cola and share neighborhood gossip. The store has been lovingly renovated to the Community Bank Branch. It was renovated in 1996 and Community Bank used as much of the original materials of the store as possible in the renovation, adding replicas of the original gas pumps in front of the store.
The Old Lost Mountain Store is a West Cobb Landmark that has served its community well and continues to be a source of pride and nostalgia for all that live around it.