Now converted for use as a church, Stacy’s Store still bore the outward vestiges of a retail establishment when photographed by Van Jones Martin in 1978 for Virginia Fraser Evans’s Liberty County: A Pictorial History; a Coca-Cola sign was located near the top of the gable on front. The gas pump, barely visible here to the right of the door, was also present in Martin’s earlier photograph. From Virginia Fraser Evans: “The exact date of this store is unknown. It was built by William Bates Trask, originally from Massachusetts. He and Frederick Newsom Lyons operated a general store and the post office in Flemington and Riceboro under the name of Lyons and Trask. Mr. Trask and hi wife, Jane Margaret, lived in the house next door. The store and post office were later operated by Peter Fleming Martin, Sr., and Herbert Lowery Stacy, Sr.
Here’s a shot of the gas pump:
Built in the late 1880s, this house was the home of the Mills family for most of the 20th century. (This photo was made in February 2010). According to Virginia Fraser Evans’ Liberty County: A Pictorial History, George M. and Flora Fraser Mills moved here with their son Wallace Fraser Mills in 1903. It was recently sold by its present owners and moved to another location. It really is a shame, as Hinesville has very few historic structures, even though it is located in one of the most historic counties in the state. Perhaps the most beautiful grove of oaks in Hinesville is located here, as well, and the word is that they will soon be removed. I hope that is premature and will be reconsidered. Thanks to Della Martin for the identification.
This is just across US Highway 84 from the Allenhurst Post Office. Judging from the architecture, it was a country store and filling station at one time.
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This congregation was established in 1932.
The location of this house is sometimes noted as Limerick. Maps generally assign it as such; traditionally, the area just east of here on Limerick Road was known as Limerick, but in recent years, marsh-encroaching developments have largely absorbed it. Because an active population of freed slaves lived in the immediate area after the War Between the States, signage on US Highway 17 now indicates the neighborhood as Freedmen’s Grove. Just west of here, across US 17 is a monument to Joseph Williams, the Bahamian-born founder of Presbyterianism among Georgia’s African-Americans.