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.