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Weekly Photo Challenge- Hope

27 Jan

 

Perfect for this week’s challenge. This is an actual town! I grew up near here and a friend from school actually lived there. However, never knowing its history I recently looked it up to see how it got’s its unique name. 

This is what I found from an article about HOPEULIKIT. Enjoy!

Georgia’s 21st county was named for Archibald Bulloch, who presided over the Provincial Congress of July 4, 1775, before becoming Georgia’s first Provincial Governor in 1776. In addition to the county’s four incorporated municipalities, a number of unincorporated communities like Nevils, Stilson, and Clito provide a glimpse into the county’s history. One of the most interesting community names in Georgia is the Bulloch County community of Hopeulikit.

84-year old Beatrice Ellis is the lady to ask about the town name. She and her husband John Paul own the approximately 800 acres this community with the funny name sits upon. Ellis says it got its name from a dance hall that used to sit right off Highway 80.

“I could sit on the porch and listen to the bands playing down here,” said Ellis. “They had good music. Bands from everywhere. It had a stage built for the bands to sit up there and play, and the hardwood floors, oh, they were so pretty.”

She says ladies and men would dress in their best attire and dance the night away. That was back in the 20s and 30s.

It’s no longer there.

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10 Comments

Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Weekly photo challenge

 

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10 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge- Hope

  1. cobbies69

    January 28, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Lovely collection of pictures and storytelling, and guiding and hoping..;)
    http://wp.me/1j16x

     
  2. dadirri7

    January 28, 2012 at 5:01 am

    very courageous to talk from the heart about your hopes for your son, absolutely lovely!

     
  3. annefreemanimages

    January 28, 2012 at 10:46 am

    He is darling!
    ~Anne

     
  4. Brandon

    January 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring message =) http://wp.me/pdJ7S-vJ

     
  5. Mary Brotherton

    January 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Brava!

     
  6. Cedric de Alicoque

    February 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Lovely!

     
  7. melissa

    September 15, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Great story! Beatrice was my great aunt. My grannie was her sister. My dad grew up there but i didnt. I found this when i googled hopeulikit. Nice to hear my Aunt Beatrice’s words, so thanks : )

     
    • bashert04

      September 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      That’s really neat that she’s your relative. I can’t imagine what she remembers of the town. 🙂

       
      • melissa

        September 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

        : ) Thanks! Unfortunately she passed away a couple yrs ago. She was the last of that generation so we rely on my dad and his siblings and cousins to pass along stories!

         
      • bashert04

        September 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

        So sorry to hear. What a great history to have, though. So cool.

         

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