Shellman was incorporated in 1883. It was originally named Ward, in honor of John P Ward, whose vision helped bring the Southwest Georgia Railroad through the area, and placed a depot in the spot that would become the center of Shellman. Only two years later, the name of the town was changed to Shellman, in honor of Major R F Shellman, General Traffic Manager of the railroad and a promoter of the young town. This section of the website provides resources that tell some of the stories that comprise the rich history of Shellman.
For an overview of the history of land ownership around Shellman from 1827-1883, click here.
Over 400 historic buildings of Shellman (i. e. , those built before 1950, whether or not still standing) are documented in two ways:
-To view a catalogue, with details of the ownership history and of the owners, click here.
-To view interactive maps which provide a brief description of the buildings as well as major land holdings around Shellman, click here.