Construction workers bit off more than they could chew Tuesday when they discovered teeth buried in a building wall.
Workers were readying commercial space at the T.B. Converse Building, located on North Patterson Street in Downtown Valdosta, when they found an estimated 1,000 teeth buried in a second floor wall.
A photo of the findings had been shared almost 150 times on Facebook as of 1 p.m. Thursday, sparking social media interest.
Dustin Merriman, project manager for Converse, confirmed crew members have disposed of the teeth.
Amidst this discovery, the question as to how the teeth got into the wall has been raised.
Harry Evans, researcher for the Historical Society, said the Converse Building was constructed in 1900. Its first tenant was Dr. Clarence Whittington, a dentist.
Evans said another tenant was Dr. Lester G. Youmans, who remained in Converse until at least 1930. Youmans came to Valdosta in 1911, Evans said.
Ellen Hill, Valdosta Main Street director, said the downtown agency caught news of the teeth through social media and began research into the building’s history.
“From what we could tell, that building was the original location of Vinson and Barnes Drug Store, which then turned into Barnes Drugs. … They were on the first floor of that building,” she said.
She said that, according to her findings, above Vinson and Barnes was an office space on the second floor and lodging space on the third floor.
A receipt, retrieved recently by Valdosta dentist Dr. Pat Powell from an antique store, shows a Dr. L.G. Youmans dated June 12, 1928, Powell said.
“As far as the address, all it says is over Vinson Drug Store. Telephone number is 118, how about that,” Powell said.
Hill said the receipt was for a tooth extraction.