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This historic home now serves as a welcome center to all who visit Liberty County.

Meant To Be

Lillian and Andy Gray have a zest for life most people would love to share.

One Reel At A Time

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This program promoting self-development and selfesteem focuses on young African American males.

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contents 10 The Bacon Fraser House The House serves as the welcome center to all who visit Liberty County.

18 Meant To Be

Lillian and Andy Gray have a zest for life most people would love to share.

28 One Reel At A Time

Liberty County stands ready to welcome each new production with hospitality and excitement.

18 About the Cover The cover photo is of Emily Carrier. Read all about her artistic aspirations beginning page 48. Photography by Sabine Branstetter Photography.

38 A Melting Pot The LCCVB’s monthly cooking show has evolved into an expression of the community through food.


48 Emily Carrier This SCAD graduate is an interesting blend of old world charm and new world eccentricity.


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58 11 Black Men of Liberty County This program promoting self-development and self-esteem focuses on African American males aged 12-18.

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74 A Road Less Traveled Preserving the spirit of independence and freedom are cultural and historical sites dotted throughout the county.

74 PUBLISHER Liberty County Chamber of Commerce CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Leah Poole CREATIVE / DESIGN Elizabeth Beasley, Russ Hutto, Stephanie Williams

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FROM THE PUBLISHER Whether you’ve lived in Liberty County for a day or a lifetime, we’re excited you are here! We guarantee that our unique perspective on the community, presented here in our Membership Directory and Magazine will offer you an intriguing and engaging perspective on a place we love. Whether it’s our cover story featuring Emily Carrier or the film story written by Erin Johnson, we guarantee that you will learn something new and possibly fall in love with this wonderful place all over again. We have also given you some truly noteworthy and astoundingly beautiful photography courtesy of Ng Photography, Katrina Barrow Photography, Sabine Bransetter Photography and several local amateur photographers. And of course some great photos from our fabulous staff! Liberty County is rich in both history and culture, with three signers of the Declaration of Independence, a Revolutionary War fort with the original earthen works, Dorchester Academy where Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. came to plan important marches like the ones that took place in Selma, AL and so much more. We have the original rice dikes at Leconte Woodmanston Plantation, beautiful camellia gardens in the historic district of Allenhurst and one of the most picturesque coastlines on the eastern seaboard. Those of us who are native to the county are fond of telling newcomers and old timers alike that there is always something to do, something new to see or explore, however, these adventures that await you will take a little searching on your part, and the Chamber is an excellent place to start mapping out your trek! With an active website at, a Facebook page at Liberty County Chamber and Twitter where we are @ExploreLiberty, there are many ways to get plugged in and get active! We are also home to the 3rd ID and Fort Stewart, the largest military installation east of the Mississippi River, with 20,000+ soldiers in residence at any given moment. Formed as Camp Stewart during the advent of World War II, soldiers from our military installation have fought in every major conflict since. Our pride and commitment to making our soldiers and their families at home is rock solid, much like their go to phrase “Rock of the Marne!” And finally, this publication would not have been possible without the dedication of the Chamber staff: Claudette Schomburg, Erin Johnson, Mary Prince, Valerie Forrester and Carol Stone, you guys are the best!

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The Bacon Fraser House sits on 2.6 acres of land in what is now downtown Hinesville, serving as the welcome center to all who visit Liberty County.


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In April 2017, 32 years after being added to the National Register of Historic Places, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau were pleased to purchase the historic Bacon Fraser house in downtown Hinesville. It was no secret that the Chamber/CVB had outgrown their location, having been tenants of the Liberty County Development Authority for enumerable years. Having grown so much in the last 6 years the organizations needed the ability to expand, as well as welcome visitors to Liberty County. The children of Olin and Peggy Fraser have entrusted the care of the historic home to the Chamber/CVB. The Bacon Fraser house, which is the only house surviving from Hinesville’s early settlement period, is located on land that was bought from the heirs of Major John Martin, who was granted 500 acres from the British Crown in July 1752. In 1837 Hinesville was laid out to replace Riceboro as the Liberty County seat. Originally the Bacon Fraser house was built on a 23-acre tract situated on the eastern boundary of the then town of Hinesville in 1839 by Mary Jane Hazzard Bacon, widow of Major John Bacon of Riceboro. The architecture is ‘plantation plain style’ and its workmanship reflects the work of the best craftsmen of the day. The front and two-story section remains virtually unchanged. However, the two shed rooms and kitchen to the rear were removed and additional rooms added in 1923. The 1923 section was removed in 1979-1980 and replaced by shed rooms, porch, dining room and kitchen on the original foundation in the architectural style and interior design of the 1839 era. It is a well-preserved example of a pre-Civil War Plantation Plain type, a significant form of vernacular architecture that was common in rural Georgia and the Southeast in the 19th century. The house is raised and rests on what is called Savannah grey brick piers. The two-story weatherboarded five-bay structure has nine-over-nine windows with louvered shutters, a shed-roofed front porch with turned columns and banister railing, brick entrance steps, as well as an entrance door with transom light, a hipped roof and two rear wall chimneys. The interior of the original (front) part of the house has a twoover-two room central hall plan, fine hand-planed woodwork,

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including mantels, doors, chair and stair rails, plaster cornices, ceiling medallions, curly heart pine floors and plaster walls. Other beautifully significant features include the baseboards, the original hardware and an octagonal newel post at the foot of the stairway banister. During the Civil War, General Sherman’s army occupied the plantation in 1864 and burned some of the outbuildings. The house was spared the torch, but the barn and all outbuildings were burned by the Union troops. Mary Jane Hazzard Bacon saved the house when she used her husband’s Mason apron to prevent them from burning the house. The property is also important for its grounds that are landscaped with sycamore and live oaks with Spanish moss and fine examples of 19thcentury flowering shrubs including camellias, azaleas, tea plants and Bankshire rose bushes. And it was also extremely important for the role it played in the social history of Hinesville, as the home of many generations of the locally prominent Fraser family. In 1842 Mary Hazzard Bacon’s daughter, Mary William Bacon (18251884) married Simon Fraser (1816-1870), and they inherited the house and raised seven children. Simon Fraser was a deacon in the Midway Church, where he taught Sunday School to local children. He also served as Clerk of the Superior Court and was a member of the Georgia Legislature. Currently the house sits on 2.6 acres of land in what is now downtown Hinesville, serving as the welcome center to all who visit Liberty County.

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The Bacon Fraser house, which is the only house surviving from Hinesville’s early settlement period, is located on land that was bought from the heirs of Major John Martin, who was granted 500 acres from the British Crown in July 1752.

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Meant To Be

f you have ever found yourself in the same room with Lillian and Andy Gray, you would know it immediately. They would be the couple, hands down, everyone in the room would gravitate towards. Lillian’s infectious laughter, combined with Andy’s dry wit make them the dynamic duo they so perfectly are today. The story of their meeting is one that can best be described by using the age-old adage that something is simply “meant to be.” Both made their way to Liberty County by way of Fort Stewart. Lillian, an Army brat, whose father was stationed on the base with the 24th Infantry Division. Andy arrived at the base for a mechanic contract all the way from England. The pair first met briefly in 2003 when Andy happened to walk in the restaurant where Lillian was bartending, but a later encounter would be the meeting that catapulted their relationship. Although the pair had overlapping circles of friends, they didn’t truly get to know each other until one night at a small saloon named Gilly’s while listening to a band named South Paw. Their social circles just so happened to overlap, bringing Lillian and Andy together. After some playful flirting and ice cube throwing, Lillian bought Andy a beer. As the first woman to do so, Andy was definitely taken by the act and promptly leaned over to his friend saying, “I’m going to marry her.” Each brought something special to the relationship; along with Lillian came her son Tommy, and Andy his daughter Emily. All of a sudden there was no longer a budding relationship but a blended family. “Andy was the best thing that could have happened to Tommy and me,” said Lillian. As the idea of marriage began creeping into the picture, Andy learned it might be more of a challenge than he initially thought. Lillian, who had no intentions of remarrying, informed him she’d only marry him when “hell froze over.” To top it off, upon asking her son Tommy for his Liberty County Magazine


blessing he was swindled out of a big screen tv, a Superman blanket and a very large fluffy pillow. As Andy recalls the story though, “It was all worth it in the end.” The swindling of her 10-year old son would all be worth it once Andy proposed. On February 12, 2009, at a local seafood restaurant, Andy took a leap of faith and asked Lillian to marry him. Fate was definitely on his side that day, as the union must have been meant to be. It would just so happen that on this very same day that Andy took a chance and asked Lillian to be his wife, it snowed for the first time in 20 years in coastal Georgia, and hasn’t since. It may not be hell freezing over, but it’s pretty close. Naturally, Lillian said 20

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“yes!” They were married at the smallest church in America surrounded by friends and family. Lillian and Andy have built an exciting life in Liberty County and spend much of their free time attending and participating in community events. Influential volunteers in the community, the pair spend much of their time participating in organizations that give back to the community. “We’ve received so much love and support from this community and want to be a part of giving back,” said Lillian of their desire to volunteer. She is currently in her 3rd year as a Keep Liberty Beautiful board member and actively participates in the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.

L illian & Andy have a zest for life most people would love to share. “The information and opportunities the Chamber affords not only its members, but our citizens is immeasurable,” explained Lillian on their desire to be so involved with Andy adding, “We have both made friends through the Chamber and CVB events.” When they’re not at their day jobs or volunteering, Lillian and Andy make the most of their time together. The pair have a zest for life most people would love to share. While the couple may spend much of their free time at home under the pergola Andy built by hand, an 18-hour road trip up the Atlantic Coast to dine on Maine lobster is just one example of how Lillian and Andy live life to the fullest. The occasional swing on the front porch of the Bacon Fraser house in downtown Hinesville is a favorite spot to relax, too! Coming together from different continents, across an ocean and bringing snow to southern Georgia are feats that only true love could accomplish. Lillian and Andy’s love story is one that is just simply meant to be. LCM

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The cameras are rolling in Liberty County! With the film industry constantly making demands for new locations, Liberty County is meeting the challenge, one reel at a time. The State Office of Film, Music & Digital Entertainment certified Liberty County as eligible to receive productions in 2010. The Liberty County Chamber and Convention & Visitors Bureau are the Camera Ready Liaisons for the community. It is the job of this office to work effectively with production companies to provide local one-on-one assistance in every aspect of production, from location scouting and film permits to traffic control, catering and lodging. “We never know when filmmakers that want to set their location here may pop up,” said Chamber and CVB CEO Leah Poole. “We could be sitting in the airconditioned office one minute and then driving around the county in the middle of the summer heat the next. Liberty County covers 40 miles from one end of the county to the other, and we have plenty of scenic locations we like to show off.” Poole says the work is interesting and challenging; always keeping her and her staff busy with new projects. The office staff aims to be vigilant and attentive with any and all film scouts, as each project has unique requests and requirements. “So far we’ve located a logging truck and police car to be staged for a set, taken folks driving down dirt roads, out on boats and everything else in between,” said Poole. As the film industry in Liberty County continues to grow and evolve so must the community with it. The LCCVB completed the film permitting application approval process with the cities of Hinesville, Flemington, Midway, Walthourville and Riceboro, as well as Liberty County in the spring of 2017. Liberty County film guidelines, film project registration and student filming permit applications are now available on their website at “As the Camera Ready liaison for Liberty County, we wanted to make sure we had the proper processes in place to make it easier for filmmakers to navigate their way through the legal steps to film in our community,” said LCCVB CEO Leah Poole. “The first day the film permit applications went up on our website, a show submitted an application. That just lets us know that this was a service that

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was certainly needed and one that we were happy to fulfill in our role as the certified Camera Ready liaison.” Additionally, establishing a film vendor database is on the horizon for the LCCVB. Specific industries are needed for film projects and having a vetted database established will enable local businesses to be utilized. Industries needs on film projects include construction, laundry services, catering, lodging and more. The addition of the vendor database will increase the investment films make in Liberty County. In fact, product and location resources aren’t the only things that can be used by the filmmakers. Some productions are in search of local actors as well. The independent film “My Brother’s Keeper” involved several local actors in addition to locations, including child actors Austin Martin and Luke Osteen. Liberty County Commissioner Chairman Donald Lovette incurred a part in “My Brother’s Keeper” when Stephanie Osteen, founder of King’s Square Productions asked him to participate. “I came into the production with the preconceived thought it would be more of a cameo role. That quickly changed during the filming,” said Lovette. “Generally the writer and producer, I found myself under the bright lights and on set with a highly talented cast. I had to practice what I preached. My role opposite that of David Cleveland was quite provoking. His performance moved me to a deeper level of sensitivity and the call to demonstrate the heartfelt reunion of two childhood friends separated after many life changes.” “Unexpectedly I was also asked to sing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.’ As the filming progressed the producer and cast started to share their appreciation for my singing,” said Lovette. “When asked if I knew of any background singers I immediately recommended my gospel-singing group, the Gospel Cousinaires. Soon thereafter we recorded the background music for the film. Even after that I never knew the full impact of the film until notified I was voted best supporting actor by Christian Film Festival 2016! To say the least, this experience was one for a lifetime.” Liberty County Magazine


In Liberty County, filmmakers are able to find rural locations, coastal scenery, historical sites and more, making it a prime filming location.

The films and TV shows choosing Liberty County as their location are driving more and more filmmakers to take interest in this area. Actor Ben Affleck used Liberty County as a base for his feature-length film, “Live by Night,” out in 2017, with the first and last shots of the film shot in Liberty County. Director and actor Clea Duval also used Liberty County to film her movie “The Intervention” in her directorial debut. TV show “American Grit” filmed its second season in our area, after a swift but extensive scouting of the landscape. The reality tv show centers around individuals who must perform challenges to regain their “grit.” The LCCVB reports the reality tv show had an economic impact from hotel spending alone at approximately $1.125 million; based on the number of rooms reserved, room rates and the length of their stay. Our local filmmaking duo, Samone and Matthew Norsworthy, serve as the CEO and COO of WonderWorthy Productions respectively, and have a devoted interest in keeping filming local to Liberty County. Matthew Norsworthy wrote “My Brother’s Keeper” and WonderWorthy Productions has also filmed four productions in Liberty County. 32

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“Ben & Ara” one film by WonderWorthy Productions was shot entirely in Liberty County and has become an international success. It made a swift tour of film festivals throughout 2016 and won the award for Best Diaspora Picture at the African Academy Awards, among numerous other awards. In addition to their filmmaking, Samone and Matthew organized and hosted the Big River Film Festival in Savannah in July of 2016. This was an opportunity to showcase numerous independent films. “Ben & Ara” and “My Brother’s Keeper” each had screenings during the festival. Big River Film Fest served as a filmmaker’s film festival, highlighting the local and abroad filmmakers. The CVB was pleased to host the hospitality suite during the festival, in the hopes of encouraging new filmmakers to consider Liberty County as a film location. “The Big River Film Festival has a positive impact on the local economy by bringing in filmmakers from all over the world. In doing so, these filmmakers are introduced to our beautiful community and see first hand why they should film here,” said Samone Norsworthy. “Additionally, BRFF is an educational non-profit that provides free classes to attendees. Its main purposes are to promote filming here and

provide education to our community. We had over 40 countries represented at our first festival and we only see that number growing.” Norsworthy has a deep love for Liberty County, and she extolls this love through her films. “I enjoy filming in Liberty County because it is my home and this is a beautiful community that supports filmmaking. Liberty County offers a natural beautiful and pre-made practical sets that is hard to find in other areas,” said Norsworthy. In Liberty County, filmmakers are able to find rural locations, coastal scenery, historic sites and more, making it a prime filming location. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia has more than 800 film and television projects under its belt since 1972, and in FY 2015 alone, Georgia lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $6 billon. As more and more filmmakers look to Georgia, Poole hopes they will look specifically to Liberty County to set their filming location. “We want filmmakers to see that Liberty County has beautiful locations and scenery in which to film,” said Poole. “We hope that each film or TV show shot here will bring recognition to our community and create a positive impact on our local economy.” From independent films to higher-budget movies, Liberty County stands ready to welcome each new production with hospitality and excitement. LCM

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Rounding out its sophomore year, the Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s monthly cooking show, Southern Cooks, has added even more to the recipe boxes of viewers. The videos allow people to see the simple joy of cooking good food. Originally highlighting and showcasing southern style dishes, in 2017 the CVB branched out to include other styles that reflect the melting pot-like community of the area. What began as a southern cooking show to showcase recipes, has evolved into an expression of the Liberty County community through food. Each dish is made with love and the expertise that comes from trial and error, as opposed to formal classes whether it be savory or sweet. Many of our resident cooks started out with a family recipe or perhaps a recipe from a magazine, and then tweaked it to their individual liking over the years. Joey Prince grew up cooking with his family, especially his mother Mary Prince, who was a guest cook on the show in 2016. “To this day, my family still comes together to cook and share a meal. It’s one of my favorite traditions and I love that I can play some part of that,” said Prince of his long-time love of cooking. He found his recipe for a Hummingbird Cake in Southern Living as one of the most requested cake recipes of all time.

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What began in January 2016 as a southern cooking show to showcase recipes, has evolved into an expression of the Liberty County community through food.

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Joey Prince’s recipe for Hummingbird Cake found in Southern Living Cake Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans 2 cups all-purpose soft wheat flour 1 ½ cups sugar 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 ½ cups vegetable oil 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups chopped bananas (about 4 medium bananas) 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice

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2 (8oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Sprinkle bottom of each pan with flour until entire surface is covered. Whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla, and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in bananas, pineapple, and pecans. (Batter will be very thick, more like banana bread batter than cake batter.) Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 28 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. While cakes are baking, prepare frosting. Place cream cheese, butter and vanilla in the bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Beat at medium-high speed 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Remove cake pans from oven and move to wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Place 1 cake layer on a cake stand or serving plate. Top with one-fourth of frosting. Repeat procedure once. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. 40

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Twins Andrea and Allison Ng were the two youngest guests to cook on the show, at just 13 years old. Allison joined the show first in January making chili and cornbread with Leah Poole, CEO of the CVB. She returned in February with her sister Andrea, to make strawberries and dumplings for a Valentine’s Day themed dish. Both girls may be new to cooking but pulled off the recipes like seasoned chefs. For the twins, cooking is a tradition in the making for their family. Allison and Andrea often cook with their father who invites them to try recipes from his Chinese heritage. So far this year, the guest cooks have made chili and cornbread, strawberries and dumplings, breakfast tacos, jerk chicken with rice and beans, Hibiscus margaritas and Pastel Tres Leches, jerk shrimp and curry chicken, cherry pineapple crisp and hummingbird cake. Several of the guest cooks on the show in 2017 made their way to the South from other parts of the world. The recipes they have shared reflect the heritage and culture of each cook’s home. Guest cooks Dwayne Smith, of Good to Go Jamaican and Kedeen Morrison both arrived in Liberty County from Jamaica. Morrison was the first guest to cook in the new office kitchen, making jerk chicken, beans and rice. Smith made his appearance a few months later making jerk shrimp and curry chicken. Jason Hunt, a 3rd ID soldier of Mexican descent, cooked for the show for Cinco de Mayo. He partnered Pastel tres Leches with a Hibscus Margarita. Although all three were originally from other countries, they appreciate good, homemade food, and it was easy to tell

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that their shared love of cooking gave them a unique bond. As a military community that becomes home for many retirees, Liberty County is a melting pot. Many different cultures come together in the coastal community, bringing along with them new recipes and foods. Community, family and memories are big themes within the series this year, and each person that has prepared a dish has their own unique style. For all of the guests, cooking is a talent and a way to show love to their family and friends. Preparing their distinctive dishes and sharing them creates long-lasting memories. We at the CVB are thankful they’re willing to share their food with us. Of course, the difficulty is sacrificing to taste-test each item, but it’s a delicious diversion we all love volunteering for! To view all the episodes, visit Explore Liberty on Facebook! LCM


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This 24 year old, Savannah College of Art and Design graduate is an interesting blend of old world charm and new world eccentricity.

Whimsical is the first word that comes to mind when speaking with Emily Carrier. Quirky is probably the next. This 24 year old, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate is an interesting blend of old world charm and new world eccentricity. As the daughter of two career school teachers and the sister of another one, you would think she would have been on the path to become an educator but Emily admits that, “growing up hearing the stories of what my parents had to deal with as educators and then what my sister has told me, I knew I didn’t want to teach.” Her dad Scott Carrier was most recently the principal at Bradwell Institute for 7 years. Her mother, Melanie Carrier, taught for 30 years before retirement and her sister has been a teacher for the last 6 years. But she loves to draw! And always has. Especially people. When we asked her to draw some of our photos for the publication she jumped at the chance to try her hand at illustrating some of our favorite places in Liberty County. After graduating, Emily has focused on building her portfolio, illustrating for various publications and doing what she can to get her name out there. A project that she just completed that was published is the illustrations for I Am My Lightest Light: A Children’s Yoga Book for Jamie Frank O’Connell. This is the third children’s book that she has done, another

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“This is just what I have always done, drawing. It’s the way I express myself and show the stuff that makes me happy.”

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you can check her work out in is The Adventures of Little Miss Adeline Geneva Grace written by Benjamin J. Nichols. For someone who adores listening to Disney soundtracks and One Direction, you can feel the energy and whimsy of Emily in everything she draws. Part of that energy she also expends in her love of family and the great outdoors. She and her family are very active people who like to kayak, paddle board, hike and the like. While she’s not big on camping (there are bugs), she doesn’t mind going just for the chance to spend time with those she loves the most. “This is just what I have always done, drawing. It’s the way I express myself and show the stuff that makes me happy,” said Emily. Recently her drawings have featured a young man, her boyfriend. Emily and Zach Martin met not very long ago via a dating website called Ok Cupid.

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The self-professed nerdy Zach is still in college studying for degrees in psychology and theatre. It was chance that made Emily sign up for the online service and thanks to her mom who told her she needed to get out and meet people. For the lady who loves the feeling of home she has worked to make her surroundings an oasis of peace and tranquility. A local who went to Joseph Martin, Snelson Golden and graduated from Liberty County High in 2012, Emily has a goal to eventually work for Disney, specifically in character design. And that is why she is working so hard to build a portfolio of excellent work. In the interim, she is content to continue the work she is doing and hopes to add some work freelancing for a card/stationary company or something of the sort. This watcher of Doctor Who and Once Upon a Time, was confused but flattered to be asked to be featured as our cover model this year. However, it was clear to us after just a brief introduction to Emily that her personality and joie de vivre would translate well in print, and we can’t help but admit that she makes us pretty #LibertyCountyProud as a native who has done so well and returned to her hometown, at least for now! Check out her work at LCM

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Eleven Black Men of Liberty County Studies have shown that the lack of a male figure in a boy’s life increases the likelihood that he will perform poorly in school or get involved in crime.


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It gives us a lot of pleasure every year to highlight a great area non-profit doing amazing things in Liberty County. This year is no different and our choice wasn’t hard as we did not have to look any further than Eleven Black Men of Liberty County. Studies have shown that the lack of a male figure in a boy’s life increases the likelihood that he will perform poorly in school or get involved in crime, thus worthwhile programs like this are invaluable. The program focuses on African American males aged 12-18. Their program, which promotes self-development, also addresses self-esteem, as well as a concerted effort to introduce the boys to their African history and cultural heritage to build up their knowledge and understanding that they come from a tradition of excellence. While a lot of organizations focus on keeping young boys busy with sports and other activities, the focus of this program is to lay down a foundation designed to last a lifetime. Their proven track record of self-development has lasted for 25 years as of 2016. There are some lessons and bits of wisdom that only a man can impart to another man, it makes sense for those on the verge of manhood to seek out other men for guidance on how to navigate life and this program addresses that for a generation of burgeoning men without mentors. You hear often on the news about absent fathers and the effect it is having on young men today, and even that with a father it still takes a village to raise a child. This program addresses the isolation that young men find these days without the community ties and relationships that helped previous generations. Eleven Black Men of Liberty County provides good examples of men to emulate, in addition to providing some guidance in navigating through life as a man, mentors can expand one’s view of what it means to be a man. Every person has different life experiences, as well as having been exposed to different people and views. Every person has different trials, different joys and has learned different wisdom. A mentor can help you see things a different way, inspire you to dare greatly and help to become a better man. With a vision to, “become the county’s strongest, most selfreliant volunteer organization focused on education, enrichment and empowerment for our young men,” the Eleven Black Men of Liberty County addresses the most obvious concerns of the next generation and so many more. Established in 1991 to address common concerns regarding the plight of young African American males in the community, the

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organization has a focus to provide an educational, social, financial and spiritual stimulus which cause our young men to want to excel. They advocate for spiritual, educational and social development of young men. They call these young men “transcenders.” They have done innumerable things throughout the community, not the least of which was a delivery consisting of more than 200 Christmas gifts for the residents of Woodlands Healthcare in Midway, which brightened the life of every resident present. The act of holiday cheer in 2014, as well as the donations of numerous other community members, was just a small part of the entity’s mission to teach children by setting good examples. At the annual banquet in 2016, their 25th anniversary, Pedro Bryant, the chairman, president and CEO of Metro Bank of Louisville, Kentucky, delivered the keynote address, as one of the founding members of the organization, proving that even those who move on come back to support the worthwhile program. The mentors have changed throughout the years, but have always been comprised of men of integrity, honor and success. Currently the group features mentors like: Chairman Donald Lovette, Mitch Boston,

Gerald Lee and Andrew Williams, just to name a few. Not only do they work to mentor the boys, they also take them on college tours and cultural adventures. The most recent being a trip to Atlanta, when the mentors and transcenders toured various colleges in the metro area and visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the World of Coke, the Centers for Disease Control and more. The group has also volunteered extensively with organizations like Keep Liberty Beautiful and others throughout the community, teaching their mentees that they need to give back to the community as well. They have even adopted a mile with Keep Liberty Beautiful, agreeing to clean it up quarterly, thus valuing even more the community that they come from. Local mentoring programs are an invaluable part of any community, proving to every participant that their community cares about them. Liberty County could not be more fortunate than to have an organization like the Eleven Black Men. To get involved please check them out on Facebook @ elevenblackmen or email

Eleven Black Men of Liberty County was established in 1991 to address common concerns regarding the plight of young African American males in the community. The organization has a focus to provide an educational, social, financial and spiritual stimulus which would cause our young men to want to excel. They advocate for spiritual, educational and social development of young men. They call these young men “transcenders.”

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he move towards eating and being healthier is nothing new; however, in recent years making sure to purchase food locally and sustainably grown has become increasingly important. Called the “farm-totable” movement, this is a system of delivering food to local consumers that works to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies. Done so that sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption are integrated to enhance the overall economic, environmental and social health of a particular location. Currently, if you are not purchasing your food locally, the average meal has traveled 1,500 miles to get on your dinner table. In the late spring of 2010, the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority launched the Hinesville Farmers Market which is designed to provide our community with the ability to purchase fresh, homegrown produce and products from local area growers in a culturally diverse setting that strengthens the local economy and enhances our quality of life. “There are approximately 300 (people) per week, with an annual economic impact of about $200,000,” said Michelle Ricketson, Executive Director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority. Since its establishment the market has grown to include special events including live music from local musicians. The market has also grown to offer a wellLiberty County Magazine


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rounded vendor base with products that can include grass-fed beef, fresh bread, home-grown produce, cheeses, pasta, handmade candies and chocolates, honey and much more. “Our vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, meats, eggs, milk, soups, flavorings, and sweet treats,� said Ricketson. Why should you eat local you ask? Because! Typically locally grown food is much fresher, with fruits and vegetables harvested within 24 hours of being purchased. It also helps with our regional economic health. Buying food locally keeps money in the community which contributes to the health of all sectors of the local economy, increasing our local quality of life. When you buy direct from a local farmer it keeps those dollars within the community and strengthens our local economy. On average a farmer can make $0.90 of every dollar, thus preserving farming as a livelihood. As mergers in the food industry have increased the portion of your dollar paid to farmers has decreased. On average, vegetable farmers only earn $0.21 of each dollar, the other $0.79 goes to pay for marketing, distribution and other associated costs. There are also environmental impacts like energy conservation because buying locally decreases dependence on petroleum, which is a non-renewable energy source. Buying from local producers conserves additional energy at the distribution level. It also offers a step towards regional food self-reliance. A dependency on far away food sources leaves a region vulnerable to supply disruptions. In Liberty County you have the option of purchasing from the Hinesville Farmers Market, which opens in March and closes

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in November. There are also several community garden projects in the works thanks to Keep Liberty Beautiful. If you’d like to get involved with one of those projects and volunteer you can call KLB at 912.880.4888. They had their first crop of pears this year at the edible garden at the Liberty County Community Complex in Midway! There are also numerous “you pick” farms that are in the area, for a list of those you can check out One right here in Liberty County that is famous for their amazing blueberries is Brewer’s Christmas Tree-Blueberry Farm who can be reached at 912.884.5292. Brewer’s has blueberries, muscadine grapes, scuppernong grapes, pears, persimmons and of course, award winning Christmas trees. And another option is to visit one of our veteran businesses, Farmer’s Natural Foods. They carry grassfed beef, pastured pork, free range poultry and organic vegetables based on the season. You can reach them at 912.368.7803 if you would like to find out more about their products and offerings. Even corporate giants like Walmart have jumped on board the movement to eat locally sustainable foods and in the last year they have increased the amount of locally grown produce they sell by 97%, which accounts for more than 10% of all produce sold in their US stores. With a Walmart Supercenter and two Neighborhood Markets right here in Liberty County we’re glad to see that “Georgia Grown” stamp of approval when picking out peaches, watermelons, peanuts and more!


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A Road Less

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and II took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”


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For those familiar with poetry I invite you to recall Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. The popular ending lines of the poem are “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Just moments from Interstate 95 are roads that traverse Liberty County taking the traveler through history. These roads have fewer occupants than a busy interstate, but leads to treasures you could not possibly find in a roadside gas station or on a billboard. A visitor can follow many paths throughout the area, and each journey and destination will be unique. The wandering roads of Liberty County all began as dirt paths summoning the early residents of our county to their future home. The coastal county was originally made up of the Colonial parishes of St. John, St. James and St. Andrew. Liberty County’s official birth date is February 5, 1777. Button Gwinnett and Dr. Lyman Hall were the community’s representatives at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Preserving the spirit of independence and freedom are cultural and historical sites dotted throughout the county. Discover each fascinating place at your leisure, where you’ll be greeted with smiling faces and warm accents. Follow the story of our historical and cultural sites and you’ll be amazed at how each connects to the other. Along Highway 17 a historic route, originally part of the Dixie Highway system, leads modern day visitors to places of interest. Entering the county from the North will bring you to the Midway Museum. Georgia’s first Colonial museum holds relics from the ancestors who devoted their lives to the betterment of Liberty County. Across the street is the Midway Cemetery, mostly known for its large obelisk structure in the center of the cemetery, dedicated to Liberty County’s famous Generals James

Screven and Daniel Stewart. The monument was put in place in 1915, and the Generals are laid to rest just a few steps away. Less famous, yet important tombstones stand throughout the cemetery as well. Time has crumbled and faded some, but if you take the time to read the inscriptions on the tombstones you’ll realize how precious and fleeting life was in those days. Many children are buried there, as evidenced by brief life dates carved on the stones. Some include beautiful bible verses or phrases that no doubt were an offering of comfort to the parents. The Midway Church, which was built for the second time in 1792 after the first was burned by British troops, stands watch over the cemetery. Further down along Highway 17 near the southern border of Liberty County lies Geechee Kunda Cultural Center in Riceboro. Here you’ll feel the warmth and hospitality that is the heart and soul of owners Jim and Pat Bacote. This couple and their Geechee community work continuously to preserve and perpetuate the Gullah-Geechee culture. African masks, artwork, instruments and sweetgrass baskets are displayed everywhere, alongside tools of the slave trade. The pieces have their own stories to tell, from bonds of slavery to the elation of freedom. “Liberty County is my connection to my ancestral past, which means everything to me,” said Jim Bacote. “The most important aspect of my work relates to the fact that positive social change results from accurate historical context.” The Sugarcane Harvest and The Gathering are the two festivals held each year at Geechee Kunda celebrating this culture. Both provide an experience like no other with storytellers, dancers and singing performances, and local cuisine. The experience at Geechee Kunda’s events have even moved some to bequeath their finances to see its mission completed.

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“Recently a visitor from Oregon wrote to us about her decision to will a substantial investment to Geechee Kunda for use at our discretion. We wished her healthy, productive longevity but we were touched and inspired by the stranger’s understanding and being touched by our mission,” said Bacote. The Bacotes continue their work and continue to tell the stories of the Gullah Geechee people by offering education, peace and harmony. Not too far from Geechee Kunda, lies a path filled with stories of faith and religion at the Historic Baptismal Trail. For almost 100 years this site was an active holy place where the ancestors of the local Geechee communities baptized new members into their faith. Oral and written church history from the surviving descendants of the First African Baptist Church indicate that as early as the 1840s this site was used as a place where the ritual Christian baptism was performed by leaders of a congregation of enslaved people. These early baptisms were carried out in affiliation with the White North Newport Church. After the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854, the enslaved Africans renamed the church the First African Baptist Church and continued the practice of the ritual baptisms at the site until the early 1940s. Today, the pine tree-lined dirt path and interpretive signage lead you to a boardwalk overlooking the baptismal pool. The stillness and reverence are palpable as your gaze wanders from the dark waters to the intense green of the towering trees and gives you a glimpse of the blue heavens above. It is a transcendental spot for reflection and contemplation. Crossing Highway 17 is the eastern portion of Oglethorpe Highway. Travelers heading in either direction along this road will 76

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be welcomed by more of Liberty County’s rich history. Taking the eastern route will lead visitors toward the historic town of Sunbury and the coast, travelers may follow what were once paths used by soldiers and freed slaves alike. Revolutionary War history comes alive at Fort Morris State Historic Site. The once bustling port town of Sunbury was the original county seat and Ft. Morris did its part to defend the coastal community from impending British Naval forces. Each year, the fort celebrates the resounding response of “Come and take it!� from Col. John McIntosh to the British when ordered to surrender. Costumed interpreters muster their weapons, shattering the quiet during musket and cannon fire demonstrations. Campfires glow as colonial style food is cooked over an open flame, the clanging hammer of the blacksmith can be heard in the background.

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Liberty County’s barrier island, St. Catherines, can be viewed from Ft. Morris. The grand vista over the Medway River is one that has not changed in hundreds of years. On an average day, Fort Morris serves as a retreat for bird watchers as well. Painted buntings, goldfinches, wood storks, great egrets, and pileated woodpeckers have made their nests in the area and are just some of the species that can be viewed. Seabrook Village is a nearby neighbor to Ft. Morris, and just as the Revolutionary War soldiers fought for freedom, African-Americans desperately wanted their freedom as well. The Seabrook community was established through federal land grants made possible by General William T. Sherman’s Field Order 15 (1865), a policy that came to be known as “forty-acres-and-a-mule.” Freedmen settled as landowners on the same lands they had once worked as slaves. Armed with little but their newly found freedom, a plot of land, and the determination to build a brighter future for themselves and their children and grandchildren, the freedmen of Seabrook represent the African-American Pioneer Experience. Seabrook Village’s motto is “makin’ do” and that’s exactly what you’ll find when you visit the grouping of houses, one-room schoolhouse, and corncrib. The folks who lived there made do with the materials and resources available, and their ingenuity is on full display in the remaining artifacts. The most important building on the site is the one-room schoolhouse, which granted AfricanAmerican children the freedom to learn. “Seabrook Village to me, is a jewel,” said Director Florence Roberts. “I feel so strongly about Seabrook Village. My grandmother and several aunts taught in the one-room schoolhouse. African-Americans wanted their children to be able to read, write and count, because that was kept from them. They wanted better for their children.” Roberts was involved with Seabrook Village since its inception until her retirement in 2017, and will be quick to tell you that the generation of Seabrook Village were grateful for the little things that they had. Currently, the site caters particularly to school groups. Groups of children who visit are able to churn butter, grind corn into cornmeal or wash clothes on a washing board. Though it may be tough work, the children are enthralled with the experience. “It’s an educational experience and I think it means a lot to the county,” said Roberts. While Seabrook Village holds the history of some of Liberty County’s first freed slaves, in the city of Midway as Oglethorpe Highway travels west lies Dorchester Academy.


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Here, the African American boys’ dormitory picks it up and brings the crusade forward to the Civil Rights movement. It was here that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed while planning “Project C.” There’s a sense of awe when you enter his room. The furniture is sparse, with two twin beds, a desk and chair and a small separate room with a 1960’s TV and vintage chair. Sunlight filters through the windows and illuminates a few dust particles. The room has been left as is since Dr. King’s departure, but his pioneering spirit remains. The museum in front of the Dorchester Academy houses information and relics from the past, and there are numerous stories to be told, from the teachers to the students. According to the Dorchester Improvement Association, Dorchester Academy’s first gift to freed slaves was the freedom of the mind. Many minorities were educated here and soon were able to pass the tests that were required of them in order to vote at the time. Although it is designated as a National Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dorchester Academy remains a hidden gem of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s hidden unassuming nature may be why it was chosen by Dr. King and others, because it gave them the freedom to plan and take some respite from their daily struggles. The stories of their time there are just waiting to be retold. The roads of Liberty County criss cross and wander as they carry their travelers throughout history. Some places in Liberty County combine history with a bit of lightheartedness. The Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association Museum provides the opportunity to discover the technology of a bygone era. Executive Director Alissa Moss works to preserve the telecommunications history and share it with the community. ITPA is dedicated to community service and proud to support Wounded Warriors and research for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

In Liberty County, you can lose yourself in the surrounding coastal areas and ancient oaks, framed by Spanish moss. Picturesque locations are dotted throughout the community, and any day that can be spent outside is a good one.

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“Who would have thought that old telephones and telephone artifacts could build friendships with people you never thought possible,” said Executive Director Alissa Moss. “Boy was I lucky when I met a charismatic lady who was carrying her house plant around in celebration of National Take Your House Plant To Work Day. We all know her as Mrs. Charm; my kids call her the lady that celebrates every day. Mrs. Charm has a way of visiting our museum and turning old telephones into an exciting learning opportunity. Her eyes light up with excitement as she dials the old rotary phone and hears the clickety-clack of the step switch dialing a call or as she turns the crank on an old magneto and hears the ring that takes you back to the old days.” Moss says ITPA welcomes everyone to come visit the museum and encourages them to see it through the eyes of


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Mrs. Charm, “because life is more fulfilling when you are having fun.” For some, nature is their true calling and their path will lead them to the outdoors. In Liberty County, you can lose yourself in the surrounding coastal areas and ancient oaks, framed by Spanish moss. Picturesque locations are dotted throughout the community, and any day that can be spent outside is a good one. Sites like Cay Creek Wetlands Interpretive Center offer relief from the metropolis. Nature hums as you are immersed in the salty air and coastal breezes. Locations for kayaking and fishing are found dotted throughout many roads in Liberty County. Being on the water allows you to be in between the ethereal space where the water reflects the sky. LCM

Discovering Liberty County’s Tea History We recently held a tea party of sorts at the Liberty County Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau offices. It wasn’t formal, and we didn’t use good china or cloth napkins. We did get to taste eight different teas to narrow the selection for a Liberty County tea blend. Of course, none of us are expert tea-tasters but we are from the south and that gives us credit right there. There were black teas, fruity teas and nutty teas and in the end, we narrowed it down to three. There will be another round of tea tasting soon to select the final blend to reflect Liberty County and the rich history of would-be tea plantations. Many a southerner grew up on sweet iced tea and its ability to quench thirst and the soul simultaneously. The best kind of tea as any local can tell you is a strong blend with just the right amount of sugar served over ice. No nonsense and no fuss, no muss. Tea that refreshes the body and mind. Yep, we’re passionate about tea in the south. What better way to wile away the sticky, steaming, languid summers than a tall frosty glass of iced tea? Here in Liberty County, the soil is perfect for tea and if it hadn’t been for a financial deal that fell through to South Carolina, Liberty County would have been producing tea for the states in the 1800s. It all goes back to Riceboro and the first tea plants introduced there by William Jones and his daughter, Rosa Jones Screven. A Scottish venture capitalist named John Jackson visited Liberty County to inspect the tea crop.

The specimens he sent to the Department of Agriculture were deemed equal to the best raised in India or China. A $30,000 appropriation to establish a government sponsored tea project in Liberty County was secured but the political tides turned and the project went to South Carolina. Jackson had no choice but to follow the money and go to Summerville, South Carolina to tend to the crops. After a year of cultivation, he was convinced South Carolina’s soil was wrong and Liberty County was the best choice to grow a perfect tea crop. Unfortunately, since the tea didn’t take in South Carolina, the government funding was relinquished and Jackson had to abandon his tea aspirations. He did move back to Liberty County and became a resident until his death. He tried to secure financial backing for tea cultivation in the area but was unsuccessful. Remains of the old tea fields near Riceboro could still be found as late as 1900. Local residents picked the leaves when they were tender, dried them in the sun and brewed their own special blend of Liberty County tea. Tea plants cultivated by Jackson are no longer in existence in Liberty County but the soil in these parts holds the memory of his dream. The blended culture and history of our lovely Liberty County awaits discovery. In the near future, if you visit us in Liberty County, chances are we’ll offer you our own blend of tea, specially selected to capture the flavor of local culture. The tea blend chosen by our local residents will be something you can take home with you, as a palatable souvenir of your trip. LCM

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Liberty County Historical Sites

Dorchester Academy & Museum of African-American History

Where: 8787 East Oglethorpe Highway, Midway When: Saturday-Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. & Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: 912-884-2347 or Admission: No fee; donations are welcome The former school, which was founded by the American Missionary Society soon after the Civil War to educate African-Americans, was named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites by the National Trust for Historic Preservation a few years ago. The Academy operated until 1940 and then became a cooperative to help area residents with farming, economic and household issues. Its most recent historical role was as a site for civil rights movements. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. planned his campaign to integrate Birmingham during meetings there is the mid1960s. The Dorchester Improvement Association is spearheading the effort to restore Dorchester Academy to its past glory and conducts annual fundraisers, the biggest of which is the annual Walk to Dorchester, usually held in mid-June. The walk retraces the average distance students had to walk to attend the school.


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Dorchester Village Civic Center

Where: 1804 Islands Highway, Midway When: Available year-round for rental on occasions such as banquets, weddings and/or receptions, family reunions, business and club meetings, birthday parties, conferences and other events. Contact: 912-884-3342 or Cost: Rental fees vary This recently restored 1938 school-house is located off of I-95. It features 7,400 square feet, including an auditorim, five classrooms, a full kitchen and an outdoor pavilion. The schoolhouse, originally built in 1927, consolidated the schools at Sunbury, Colonel’s Island, Riceboro and Jackson Chapel. That building burned and the school was rebuilt in 1938. It served grades one through seven until 1951, when it was closed. On Feb. 4, 1958, the Liberty County Board of Education sold the property for $10 to the nonprofit Dorchester Civic Center, Inc. Over the years the building fell into a state of disrepair and was closed due to the hazardous conditions. In 2008, Dorchester Civic Center, Inc. reactivated and began an effort to restore the historic building so it could again become a vital part of the community. The renovation was completed in 2010.

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Seabrook Village Where: 660 Trade Hill Road, Midway When: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact: 912-884-7008 or Seabrook Village is an African-American living history museum. The Seabrook community was established through federal land grants made possible by Gen. William T. Sherman’s Field Order 15 in 1865, a policy that came to be known as “40 acres and a mule.” The village, which features eight turn-of-the-century buildings, is dedicated to the authentic portrayal of rural African-American culture from 1865-1930. The interactive historic site includes a one-room schoolhouse and demonstrations of meal grinding, hand-hewn furniture and washing clothes on a scrub board. The village is run by a foundation of community members.

Fort Morris Where: 2559 Fort Morris Road, Midway When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact: 912-884-5999 or Admission: $1.00-$4.50 per person; group rates are available with advance notice When the continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect Georgia’s coast from the English navy. A low bluff on the Midway River near the seaport of Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. The fort protected Georgia during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Today, visitors can stand within the earthworks from the War of 1812 and view scenic St. Catherines Sound. In the museum, exhibits describe the once bustling colonial port at Sunbury that was larger than Savannah.

Where: 491 N. Coastal Highway 17, Midway When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Contact: 912-884-5837 or Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, $8 seniors & military, free admission for children under 5, prearranged group rates available Patterned after a raised, cottage-style house typical in the 18th century, the museum is a replica but holds authentic pieces and a wealth of information. The museum was built in 1957 and has been gathering artifacts, documents, pictures and furnishings since then. Several special days are held at the museum each year, including the annual Christmas tea. In late 2009, a new collection opened featuring documents and household items from the Charles Colcock Jones family, whose letters became the basis for ‘The Children of Pride,” a compilation about life on Southern plantations in the mid-1800s. Next door to the museum is the Midway Congregational Church, built in 1792. The church is a classic example of a colonial house of worship with neither electricity nor plumbing. The nearby cemetery was established in the 1700s by Puritan settlers. Many famous Liberty Countians are buried there. About 300 of the 1,200 graves still bear their original markers, while others crumbled or were destroyed by Northern troops who used the cemetery as a cattle pen during the Civil War.

Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Center & Museum Where: 622 Ways Temple Road, Riceboro When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday Contact: 912-884-4440 or Admission: No fee; donations accepted Geechee Kunda is located on lands where the rice, cotton and indigo producing Retreat Plantation once stood. The center was created as a means of contributing to efforts to preserve and perpetuate the knowledge of important Africa cultural elements in the United States. In addition to permanent and rotating exhibits, the center’s year-round activities include classes, workshops, demonstrations and lectures covering a broad spectrum of subjects that allow visitors to explore various aspects of continental and diaspora African culture. Exhibits feature artifacts from Africa and this area, some dating back to the 1700s, including authentic slavery artifacts, Geechee relics and Jim Crow-era memorabilia. The center also has a gallery and gift shop that stocks merchandise such as books, textiles, artifacts and crafts. Liberty County Magazine


Old Liberty County Jail

Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association National Office & Museum Where: 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday Contact: 912-408-4872 or Admission: No fee; donations are welcome The museum consists of a vast collection of telephones and telephone equipment from throughout history. Children and adults alike will find it fascinating to see how the telephone evolved from the solid wood, wall mounted, hand cranked, operator directed, simplistic designs of the past to today’s pocket sized, touch-screen, cellular phones. The ITPA Museum is located at Bryant Commons, a beautiful 150acre property, located in the heart of Hinesville, which was once the homestead of the former Senator Glenn E. Bryant and his wife Mrs. Bryant. The Bryant family envisioned the property as a “passive park” for the community to enjoy. Through a joint venture with the Bryant Family Foundation and the City of Hinesville, plans for Bryant Commons were developed and it currently features an outdoor amphitheater, 15-acre pond, and a developing Veterans Memorial.

Where: 302 N. Main Street, Hinesville When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesday & Friday Contact: 912-877-4332 or Admission: No fee In October 1892, the brick jail was completed on what was at that time, the south end of Hinesville and replaced a one story wood jail. The site and date of construction of the first jail are unknown. The architect is unknown but the contractor was a man by the name of Mr. Parkhill. The architecture of the jail is typical of penal facilities of that time period in towns of similar size in the southeast. The jail was used until 1970, when a new regional prison facility was completed. The jail was auctioned off and purchased by the Liberty County Historical Society for the sum of $4,500. According to restoration documentation, “The Old Liberty Jail is a significant example of a late 19th century jail for an agricultural county and a small, but growing, community in Georgia. It is one of the earliest brick structures in Hinesville and probably Liberty County.” It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

Historic Baptismal Trail Where: 8808 E. B. Cooper Highway in Riceboro When: 8 a.m.-5.p.m. Monday-Friday & Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (hours are subject to change) Contact: 912-884-2986 or Admission: No Fee For almost 100 years this site was an active holy place where the ancestors of the local Geechee communities baptized new members into their faith. Oral and written church history from the surviving descendants of the First African Baptist Church indicate that as early as the 1840s this site was used as a place where the ritual Christian baptism was performed by leaders of a congregation of enslaved people. These early baptisms were carried out in affiliation with the White North Newport Church. After the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854, the enslaved Africans renamed the church the First African Baptist Church and continued the practice of the ritual baptisms at the site until the early 1940s. The site features a boardwalk, benches and picnic tables as well as interpretive signage regarding the surrounding natural habitat and the historical significance of the site. It is open daily to the public for self-guided tours.

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AAB Realty-Mary Fail ................................. Inside Back Cover All American Storage ....................................................... 56 Ameris Bank ...................................................................... 3 Armstrong State University ............................................... 54 Badcock Home Furniture & More ...................................... 62 CA Sittle ............................................................................ 5 City of Flemington ........................................................... 43 City of Hinesville ................................................................ 9 City of Midway ................................................................. 57 City of Riceboro ............................................................... 27 Coastal Courier ............................................................ 14-15 Coldwell Banker Holtzman, Realtors ................................. 17 Columbia College ............................................................ 46 Dee’s Electrical Inc. .......................................................... 64 Dryden Enterprises ..................................................... 44-45 Farmhouse Restaurant & Catering .................................... 55 GeoVista Credit Union ...................................................... 62 Hinesville Area Arts Council .............................................. 73 Hinesville Downtown Development Authority .................... 34 Hinesville Housing Authority ............................................ 22 Holtzman Insurance Agency ............................................. 46 Holtzman Real Estate Services .......................................... 56 Horizon Staffing .............................................................. 72 Interstate Credit Union ..................................................... 72 Izola’s Country Café ......................................................... 47 Jimmy Shanken, Realtor .................................................. 57


Advertisers Jones Medical Equipment ................................................. 25 K&M Xtreme Clean ........................................................... 55 Kathy Villafane, Realtor ................................................... 65 Keep Liberty Beautiful ..................................................... 37 Kings of Steem ................................................................ 65 Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram ......................... Back Cover Liberty County Board of Commissioners ............................ 43 Liberty County Board of Education .................................... 24 Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau ....................... 1 Liberty County Recreation Department ............................. 54 Liberty County Solid Waste ............................................... 36 Liberty Regional Medical Center ......................... Inside Cover Liberty Veterinary Clinic ................................................... 47 Marco’s Pizza .................................................................. 64 Ng Photography ................................................................ 2 Optim Healthcare . ........................................................... 37 Pam Lovett, Realtor .......................................................... 72 Perfect Portraits ............................................................... 65 Reliable Appliance Repair ................................................ 65 Shellhouse ...................................................................... 23 Southern Comfort Heating & Air ....................................... 72 State Farm - Melissa Carter Ray ........................................ 64 Webster University ............................................................. 7 Wreaths for Warriors Walk ............................................... 73 Yates-Astro Termite-Pest Control ....................................... 64

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Coastal Discount Pharmacy (912) 884-9255 204 Butler Ave

Coastal Pawn (912) 877-6232 290 W. General Screven Way Suite A Coastal Solar Power Company (912) 332-1109 229 West General Screven Way Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors (912) 368-4300 730 General Stewart Way Columbia College (912) 877-3406 100 Knowledge Drive, Suite 147 Comcast - Business Services (912) 253-1944 1050 Kacey Drive


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Disabled American Veterans Chapter #46 (912) 368-2546 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Diversity Health Center (912) 877-2227 303 Fraser Dr. Doodles Billiards (912) 369-2211 105 West General Screven Way Dorchester Improvement Association (912) 369-3407 8787 E Oglethorpe Hwy Dorchester Village Civic Center (912) 884-3342 1804 Islands Highway Dove Mortgage Inc. (912) 369-8296 617 Windhaven Drive Dr.Adewumi Oguntunmibi (912) 369-5864 508 E.G. Miles Parkway Dryden Properties / Enterprises (912) 368-6105 101 West Court Street Dunham Farms (912) 880-4500 Ease the Pain Massage Clinic (912) 980-6205 103 Ryon Ave. Sut.D Liberty County Magazine

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East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 (912) 980-5204

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Lewis Portable Restrooms, Inc (912) 424-2784

Kirk Healing Center (912) 369-2402 612 General Stewart Way

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Liberty Co. Board of Commissioners (912) 876-2164 100 Main Street php?Itemid=79&id=30&option=com_ content&task=view

La Maison Du Caniche Inc. (912) 876-5165 988 Pineland Avenue Lady J’s Catering (912) 617-6576 933 Highland Drive

Jones Medical Equipment (912) 877-3202 481 E.G. Miles Parkway, Suite B Inn & Suites quipmenthinesvillega (912) 369-3000 1740 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Jones, Osteen, Jones (912) 876-0111 206 E. Court St Leadership Living & Marketing Me (912) 318-4389 K&M Xtreme Clean Legal Shield- LaCoya Tender (912) 980-6605 (850) 276-6149 873 Ruben Wells Road Kathy Villafane- REALTOR Leigh Smiley REALTOR (912) 247-7967 (912) 977-3401 445 EG Miles Parkway 730 E. General Stewart Way Katrina Barrow Photography Lendmark Financial Services, LLC (912) 432-9979 (912) 225-3936 108 S. Commerce Street 119 W. Hendry Street Keep Liberty County Beautiful Lens Loft (912) 880-4888 (912) 271-5747 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy 108 South Commerce


JJ’s Bar and Grill (912) 877-9119 726 E. Oglethorpe HWY

Liberty Co. Board of Education (912) 876-2161 200 Bradwell Street Liberty Co. Clinic of Chiropractic (912) 368-4002 211 East Memorial Drive Liberty Co. Development Authority (912) 368-3356 425 West Oglethorpe Highway Liberty Co. DFCS (912) 370-2555 112 West Oglethorpe HWY Liberty Co. EMA (912) 368-2201 100 Liberty Street php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4 3&Itemid=117 Liberty Co. Farm Bureau (912) 368-3370 562 E.G. Miles Parkway

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Liberty Co. Health Department (912) 876-2173 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Liberty Co. High School (912) 876-4316 3216 East Oglethorpe Hwy. Liberty Co. Recreation Department (912) 876-5359 607 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Liberty Co. Republican Party (912) 271-1702 Liberty-County-Georgia-Republican-Party346005865509992/?fref=ts

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (912) 876-2131 201 S. Main Street

Life United Pentecostal Church of Hinesville (912) 368-4660 1301 Pipkin Road

Liberty County Solid Waste Authority (912) 884-5353 100 North Main Street recycling-convenience/recycling-convenience-centers/

Lindy Blanchard, REALTOR (912) 402-1222 730 General Stewart Way

Liberty Family Medicine (912) 876-5644 455 S Main Street

Live Oak Church of God (912) 876-8769 296 Live Oak Church Rd. Live Oak Public Libraries (912) 368-4003 236 W. Memorial Drive

Liberty Pediatrics/ LRMC (912) 876-0250 455 S Main St. Suite 105 Live Oak Villas php?doc_id=58633 (912) 880-0112 217 A Butler Ave Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission Liberty Regional EMS, Inc. (912) 408-2030 (912) 369-9420 100 Main Street, Suite 7520 474 South Main Longhorn Steakhouse (912) 877-7181 php?name=ems 825 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Liberty County ARC (912) 484-6320 Liberty Regional Medical Center (912) 369-9400 Love-It-Productions, Inc. vision 462 E.G Miles Parkway (912) 368-7550 109 Flat Shoal Ln. Liberty County Coroner’s Office (912) 408-2101 Liberty Regional Outpatient Rehabilitation 100 South Main Street (912) 369-9408 462 E.G Miles Parkway Low Country Eyecare (912) 877-2422 Liberty County Historical Society 465 E.G. Miles Parkway (912) 977-3282 Liberty Ventures II, LLC 100 South Commerce St Liberty Veterinary Medical Center Low Country Turf & Ornamental LLC (912) 876-3357 (912) 463-3396 Liberty County Neighborhood Center 1094 E. Oglethorpe Hwy (912) 877-0056 Lularoe Nancy Pattillo 800 Tupelo Trail (912) 312-2748 Life Support Parent Solutions LLC 977-4501 pattillo 96

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M & M Motors (912) 368-7433 730 W Oglethorpe Highway Mach 1 Body Shop (912) 876-5500 701 Courtland Drive Magnolia Manor on the Coast (912) 756-4300 141 Timber Trail Road Magnum Pest Control (912) 977-6841 P.O. Box 2254 Marco’s Pizza (912) 368-3302 755 E Oglethorpe Hwy Marge Wester, Keller Williams Realty (912) 604-9057 329 Commercial Drive Margie’s Southern Cooking (912) 977-6238 1696 Shaw Road Margie-s-Southern-Cooking105893783085581/?fref=ts Marne Community & Spouses’ Club (678) 859-8005

Mary Fail, REALTOR (912) 572-4647 123 General Screven Way

Muse Collision Inc. (912) 408-7246 14 Brights Lake Road

McDonalds Restaurant (912) 876-9301 321 Fraser Drive

Navy Federal Credit Union (888) 842-6328 730 S. Main St.

Midway Family Dental (912) 880-2288 1718 N. Coastal Hwy

Ng Photography (912) 271-5747 226 Old Sunbury Road

Midway Museum (912) 884-5837 491 North Coastal Highway

Nikki Gaskin, REALTOR (912) 610-8304 730 General Stewart Way

Mike Reed Chevrolet (912) 876-2121 1559 East Oglethorpe Hwy.

Norman Realty & Management (912) 368-3433 139 Ryon Avenue http://www.rental-fortstewart-hinesville. com

Milan Aire Group (912) 877-1262 202 E. General Stewart Way Mitchell and Reddock (912) 332-7077 111 West Court Street Molly Maxine Enterprises (912) 369-0160 122 South Main Street php?id=100004247687517&fref=ts Moody Mortgage Corporation (912) 368-3980 119 E. Mills Avenue

Martin Insurance Agency, Inc. Motel 6 (912) 876-5115 (912) 877-2124 206 North Main Street 213 W. General Screven Way


Lux Diamond Nails Mobile Spa (912) 432-5783

Nostalgic Towing & Sales LLC (800) 959-0306 12770 East Oglethorpe Hwy NOV8, LLC (912) 217-7351 Nu Rho Omega Chapter AKA (912) 369-3407 Omni Financial (912) 335-5320 230 W General Screven Way Unit 110

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One Stop Package (912) 368-8066 760 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Optim Medical Center (912) 877-4400 790 Veterans Pkwy, Suite 111 Osteen Law Group (912) 877-2211 101 Fraser St. P. C. Simonton & Associates, Inc. (912) 368-5212 309 N. Main St

Paul Kennedy Catering (912) 964-9604 1370 US. Hwy 80 E.

Pro Feet (912) 368-2662 111 West Hendry Street

Paul’s Art Studio (912) 977-2821 114 Commerce Street PAXEN Learning Corporation (912) 871-4505 140 E MLK Blvd

Purchasing Alliance Solutions 800-782-8254 1265 Minhinette Drive

Pedrick & Company, LLC (912) 876-4697 103 Central Avenue

Quality Inn (912) 332-7461 1024 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Ranger Joe’s (912) 877-2901 771 Veteran’s Parkway Suite C

Perfect Portraits (912) 306-5645 Ratcliffe & Smith, P.C. Palmetto School of Career Developement (912) 369-8000 (229) 921-8640 103 N. Main St. 11215 Abercorn St Pleasant Grove AME Church (912) 368-3266 Rawls Realty Inc. 1450 W Oglethorpe Hwy 790 Veteran’s Parkway Suite 112 Pam Arthur-Lovett, REALTOR (912) 977-4626 Point University 401 South Main Street (912) 629-3856 Real Estate Resource Center 55 Al Henderson Blvd of South Georgia (912) 335-4544 Panera Bread 445 EG Miles Parkway (912) 448-0061 Pour House Bar & Grill 1190 E. Oglethorpe Hwy (912) 368-7687 135 W. Hendry St. Realty Executives Liberty (912) 877-6600 Parker Companies Pour-House-Hinesville/143251676038737 401 South Main Street 5890 W Oglethorpe Hwy 4?fref=ts Premier Counseling Services Recovery Place Parkwood Podiatry Associates (912) 332-5145 (912) 877-3600 (912) 368-3036 318 S Welborn St. 104 North Commerce Street 600 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Primerica Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah Patriot Auto Sales & Title Pawn (912) 884-9409 (912) 235-6000 (912) 320-4454 13053 E. Oglethorpe Hwy 6510 Seawright Drive 845 E.G. Miles Parkway 98

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Renaissance Park Senior Village (912) 448-0067 205 East Memorial Drive Representative Al Williams (912) 368-4983 511-A Coverdell Legislative Office Building aspx?Member=230&Session=23

RTS Homes (912) 876-3363 116 S. Main St

Score-Service Corps Of Retired Executives (912) 652-4335 111 East Liberty Street Suite103

Rusty Pig #67 (912) 368-4744 762 Veterans Parkway

Sea Dog Charters, LLC (912) 610-2710

S E PrinTech (912) 654-3610 208 W. Rusten St.


Reliable Appliance Repair (912) 318-9742

Seabrook Village Foundation (912) 884-7008 660 Trade Hill Road Seamless Coaching Service (912) 980-2141

S. Branstetter Photography (912) 321-6513 276 Julie Lane http://www.sabinebranstetterphotography. Second Chances Equine Rescue com (912) 385-8512 7663 Hwy 196 W Ricardo Green, REALTOR Sam’s Club #4820 (912) 532-1208 (912) 748-3767 730 E. General Stewart Way 15 Mill Creek Circle Shane’s Rib Shack https://www.coldwellbankerrealestate. (912) 877-7675 com/agent/ W. General Screven Way Sanitary Plumbing (912) 876-3457 Rivers of Living Waters Outreach Ministries 1574 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Sho’ Nuff Smokin Good Barbecue (912) 429-6980 (912) 369-4663 100 Regency Place Satin Sax Co. 4827 W 15th Street (912) 269-1013 SmokinGoodBbq Rock Chicks Color Bar (912) 370-0002 Savannah Car Rentals of Hinesville Smile Doctors 552 W Oglethorpe Hwy Ste 102 (912) 370-1169 1-888-336-3374 1009 E Oglethorpe Hwy 111 W General Screven Way Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 877-2040 mile-doctors-welcome 304 W. Oglethorpe Hwy. Savannah Sand Company (912) 884-3702 Smokin Pig The BBQ Joint 828 Rogers Pasture Rd. (912) 756-7850 Rogers Tree Service 3986 Hwy 17 (912) 884-2112 Savannah Technical College Service-142988439176990/?fref=ts (912) 408-3024 100 Technology Drive ReSupply (508) 962-4365 327 Beverly Street

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Society of the 3rd Infantry Division (Marne Chapter) (912) 271-5861 158 Calvary Way Sol Terra (912) 877-0087 103 W. General Screven Soror Finds South Georgia Bank (912) 408-1051 737 South Main St. Southeast Auto Service, LLC (912) 876-4280 104-B Carter Street Southeast GA Friends of Ft. Stewart & Hunter (912) 408-6225 Home_Page.html


Southern Digital Display (404) 290-7221 101 Carrick Way Southern Sweets Cafe & Bakery (904) 977-3125 112 Commerce St Speros, Inc. (912) 368-8900 933 E.G. Miles Pkwy Springleaf Financial Services, Inc (912) 876-0131 547 W Oglethorpe Hwy St. Joseph’s / Candler Home Health Care (912) 368-5120 401 North Main Street St. Joseph’s/ Candler Immediate Care Center (912) 332-7262 780 E. Oglethorpe Highway

Southeast Georgia Surgery (912) 876-5505 455 S Main Street

Stacy’s Florist (912) 368-3343 69 Old Sunbury Road

Southeastern Eye Center (912) 876-1101 345 Lindquist

State Bank & Trust Company (912) 876-5050 119 E. General Screven Way

Southern Comfort Heating & Air Co. (912) 368-4822

State Farm - Melissa Carter Ray Agency (912) 368-6729 119 Ryon Avenue

Southern Concierge 844-DO IT 4 ME

State Farm Insurance - Adam Herndon (912) 876-2159 790 Veterans Parkway, Ste 105

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State Farm Insurance- Joseph Grant (912) 368-0073 101 E. Oglethorpe Hwy GA/Hinesville/Joseph-Grant-0J44Y6HSYAL Stewart Realty (912) 368-3700 323 W. General Screven Way Stewart Way Apartments (912) 368-3777 302 W. General Stewart Way Stoners Pizza Joint (912) 332-7733 103-D General Screven Way Stop N Stor (912) 368-9196 746 EG Miles Pkwy Strategic Biz Solutions Unlimited, Inc. (912) 368-3471 425 West Oglethorpe Highway Strike Hard CrossFit (912) 321-8545 1661 E. Oglethorpe Hwy T&H Property Preservation LLC (912) 610-0677 T. Alan Lyle, D.D.S, P.C. (912) 876-9331 103-B Ryon Ave T.L. Enterprises (912) 572-2289

The Tire Rack, Inc. (877) 353-5082 667 Sunbury Rd.

Tammy’s Restaurant & Lounge (754) 207-2706 818 EG Miles Parkway http://www.tammysrestaurantandlounge.

Thomas Hill Jewelers (912) 876-6036 110 E Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Tattersall Village Apartments (912) 320-4788 Leasing Office Taylors Creek Construction Company, LLC (912) 368-5015 8101 Elim Church Road NE Tealiris Legacy Services, LLC (912) 318-4346 The Law Office of Reginald C. Martin, LLC (912) 228-4200 508 North Main Street The Liberty County Reentry Coalition, Inc (912) 877-5293 205 E. Court Street The Pines at Willowbrook Office (912) 877-2162 841 Willowbrook Drive The Shell House Restaurant (912) 927-3280 8 Gateway Blvd West The Tax Pros (912) 320-4590 445 Elma G Miles Parkway

T-Mobile (912) 877-6723 849 W Oglethorpe Hwy Total Car Care Center, Inc (912) 877-6099 759 Veterans Pkwy TQ Constructors, Inc (912) 685-7950 1145 E Hiawatha Street Tractor Supply Co. (912) 877-5256 766 W. Oglethorpe HWY Tri-County Protective Shelter (912) 368-9200 U.S. Army Recruiting (912) 876-7203 115 E. Oglethorpe Hwy UBOUNCE (254) 319-0769 Unique Social Club (912) 369-2242 785 Inwood Drive


T.R. Long Engineering, P.C. (912) 368-5664 114 North Commerce St.

United Way of Coastal Empire- Liberty County (912) 368-4282 135 E Martin Luther King Drive Unlimited Taxes & More, Inc. (912) 369-9592 241-C West General Screven Way US Real Estate Professionals (912) 977-0637 201 E. General Stewart Way Vaden Nissan of Hinesville (912) 368-1680 1009 E Oglethorpe Hwy. VIP Office Furniture & Supply (912) 877-5209 109 Central Avenue VIP Promotional Products (912) 877-5215 109 Central Avenue Walmart Neighborhood Market #4519 (912) 255-6010 801-A East General Stewart Way Walmart Neighborhood Market #4525 (912) 877-9810 1422 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Walmart Super Center (912) 369-3600 751 West Oglethorpe Hwy

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Waltrich Plastic Corp Of GA (912) 368-9341 3005 Airport Road Webster University- Ft. Stewart (912) 876-8080 100 Knowledge Dr.

Xpress Signs (912) 369-6692 1301- A W. Oglethorpe Highway

Wedgewood/Aspen Court Apartments (912) 368-2244 939 South Main Street

XteriClean Pressure Washing (912) 492-8259 11 Kinlock Court

Westside Baptist Church (912) 876-7600 108 Welborn Street

Yates-Astro Termite & Pest Control (912) 876-5088 610 East Oglethorpe Hwy

Wise Tax Services (912) 321-3568 908 S Main St. Suite 104

YMCA of Coastal GA (912) 368-9622 201 Mary Lou Drive

Woods Truck & Tractor (912) 884-2780 1648 Isle of Wight Road

Zaxby’s (912) 369-0266 403 East Oglethorpe HWY

WorkSource Coastal (912) 351-6379 7216 Skidaway Road Wrap-It Signs (912) 876-9727 808 W Oglethorpe Hwy Wreaths for Warriors Walk (912) 977-0213 222 Magnolia Lane


Xplosive Fitness (912) 480-0203

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