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contents 10 Keepin’ It Clean, Keepin’ It Green. Volunteers help keep Liberty beautiful.

20 Always Learning, Always Teaching. Henry “HC” & Lily Baker have a love for one another & life that cannot be matched.

20 About the Cover The cover photo is of Captain Josh Coons. Read all about Josh and his family beginning page 48. Photography by Joanna Ng Photography.

28 Film!

The cameras are rolling throughtout the county.

38 Food for Thought Highlighting local cooks & showcasing southern-style dishes


48 Perfect in the Ways that Count Learning about a military family that recently moved to the area 4

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58 Bourbon & Cigars Bourbon is having quite the resurgence in American culture.

68 Eat Local Buying direct from a local farmer keeps those dollars within our community.

76 Stories of Liberty Residents of Liberty County have been fighting for freedom even before the county was designated.

48 PUBLISHER Liberty County Chamber of Commerce


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68 in every issue Membership Directory A complete Liberty County Chamber membership list in alphabetical order 6

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FROM THE PUBLISHER 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 Joshua Coons or the film story written by Amanda Scott, 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 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: Amanda Scott, Claudette Schomburg, Erin Johnson, Rebecca Del Campo, Mary Prince and Joey Prince, you guys are the best! And then our summer intern, Jasmine Williams, who didn’t get to see the project completed but did work very hard throughout, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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n Liberty County we are beyond “Liberty County Proud” to have such a great affiliate of Keep America Beautiful right in our very own community. Keep Liberty Beautiful (KLB), active in our area since 1983, has a long history of working for the best quality of life for Liberty County. Operating as a community education and volunteer action program dedicated to community improvement, the program is housed under the Liberty County Board of Commissioners and is under the direct leadership of Sara Ann Swida. With Sara serving as the Executive Director, she also has a part time program assistant, Leah Hayes; along with a full board of supportive volunteers comprised of people from all walks of life throughout Liberty County. With a long history in non-profit management, Sara has spent the last 8 years developing the KLB program into an award winning, volunteer-centric program that continues to garner state and national attention.

Most recently in 2016 the program has been awarded: • T.E.L.L. Community Award • 7th Place Nationally in the PepsiCo Bottle & Can Recycling Contest (for Midway Middle School) • GACR Contest Winner for Aluminum Can Recycling (for Midway Middle School) • Rivers Alive State Organizer of the Year (for Sara Swida) Liberty County Magazine


In 2015 the program impressively garnered the following: • Lewis Frasier Middle School Youth & Education Award • 1st Place State Affiliate Award from Keep Georgia Beautiful • 1st Place in Community Greening from Keep Georgia Beautiful (for Lewis Frasier Middle School) • 1st Place Keep Georgia Beautiful Student of the Year (for Felix Linzan) Since 2006 the program has received 33 other awards, recognitions and honors. Can you say, “wow”? We can. Just wow! What a tremendous benefit our community has due to the efforts of this great group of volunteers and green-minded folks. One of the coolest (to us) accomplishments to date occurred for the program in 2008, when they applied for and accomplished setting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Crayon! The crayon, a labor of love for many on the board and staff, was crafted from used crayons collected from Liberty County school children. The Chairman of the Board currently is retired Liberty County Solid Waste Director, Dave Sapp. Affectionately referred to as “the Colonel.” On the board for a number of years, Dave was actually the person who hired Sara to run the program back in 2006, a decision he has never regretted. “Sara is a unique person. She has an ability to get along with everyone, a heart as big as the sky and a tremendous work ethic. Without her this program would not be anything like it is today,” he said.


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· 2016 Advisory Board ·

Pearl Axson, City of Riceboro Rebecca Beasley, Chemtall Karen Bell, Ardyss KBell/Rottweiler Vending Margaret Bess, City of Walthourville Kasey, Bozeman, Liberty County 4-H Brigitte Cabeza-Shanken, Realtor Willie Cato, Georgia Power Company Lyndette Cook-Osborne, City of Midway Mike Davis, CH2M HILL Ernest Davis, Guardians in Action David Duke, Georgia Forestry Commission Rodney Edwards, CH2M HILL Lillian Gray, VIP Custom Imprint Krystal Hart, Sparrow Communications Brooke Horne, Southern Comfort Htg & Air Co. Melissa Jones, LCPC Joy Kennedy, Midway Middle School Builders Club Genese Lane, Balfour Beatty LifeWorks Willa Lewis, The Heritage Bank Brittany McClure, City of Hinesville Kimberly McGlothin, Liberty County Finance Office Roosevelt Motley, Fort Stewart Recycling Kathy Poole, Liberty County Solid Waste Leah Poole, Liberty County Chamber Arthur Pope, Fort Stewart Recycling Charm Reed, Citizen Volunteer David C. Sapp, Retired LCSW Director Johnny Schaadt, LCSW Authority Jeff Stone, Georgia Forestry Commission Clenton Wells, Liberty County Public Works James Williams, HPD/Neighborhood Watch Coordinator


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Just in 2015 alone there were a total of 4,377 volunteers who spent 18,162 hours keeping Liberty County clean and green. That was 35,870 pounds of litter collected, 316 miles of roads cleaned and 45 locations adopted by groups or businesses. In addition to these astounding figures for an organization with a paid staff of 1.5 people, there were 279 trees and seedlings planted, 307 plants planted and 10 gardens planted! Over 41,000 people received educational information and 18,581 pounds of electronics/household goods/household hazardous waste was recycled due to the efforts of KLB. On the technology fast track, our local program works to keep volunteers informed with a robust Facebook and Instagram presence, as well an up-to-date website, electronic newsletter and has just recently added a texting capability for volunteer reminders. “We are so grateful to every volunteer who helps KLB fulfill its mission each year. Without the time, efforts and energy of the thousands of folks who take on projects each year our program would not have nearly the success that it has,” said Sara. With various community programs such as: community gardening, adopt-a-road, Win-Dex Awards, NEAT Neighborhood, Recycle It! Fairs and so many others, KLB is always hopping. They also plan one of the largest Earth Day events in the region! “It is the most exciting program and has really taken off in the last few years. I love the fact that we get to meet the citizens in the various municipalities when they visit the Recycle It! Fairs. We are able to better inform them of the benefits of recycling any and everything possible. Keep

Liberty Beautiful only had one location for the citizens to bring the recycle items, and the program has grown from one to three locations. I have spoken to several of the citizens that drop off at the City of Walthourville site, and they love the convenience of being able to just go down the road from their home to get rid of the old items in the home,” said Margaret Bess, City of Walthourville employee and avid KLB Board Member. So if you love Liberty like we do and KLB obviously does, maybe you should put down the magazine and call 912-880-4888, and see how you can get involved in helping to keep Liberty County clean, green and beautiful! LCM

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ven if you had never met Henry “HC” and Lily Baker before in your life you would know immediately upon being introduced that they share a love for one another and life that cannot be matched. Giggling, smiling and palpable affection for one another surrounds the couple like an aura that you cannot wait to step inside and experience. Having met when Lily was only 16, the two had quite the story to tell about their “dating” years and then finally their marriage almost 39 years ago. At the time Henry and his cousin were co-owners of a “nightclub” in Ludowici. Their marriage will be exactly 39 years come December 25, 2016. The couple got married on Christmas Day because they were both teachers at the time and also because they wanted their family from Chicago to be a part of their wedding, which took place on a Sunday. “Our parents have played a big role in our married life,” said Lily. “Showing us the perfect examples of both a married couple and role models,” she expounded. Henry’s parents will be married for 70 years in November and Lily’s mom, who is currently 91 years old, also outlived her husband. But both admit that they were very fortunate to have such excellent parents to look up to, guide them and help in times of need. The parents of two lovely young ladies, Chandra Baker Collier and Genese Baker Lane, the proud couple spoke briefly about their great sons-in-law, Richard Collier and Michael Lane; however, the majority of the conversation revolved around the very special twins who

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have recently joined the family and stolen their hearts. Richard Bernard and Robinson Clay (named after their grandfathers) are the apples of their grandparent’s eyes! Having raised amazing young women, Chandra is a teacher in Jacksonville and Genese works for Balfour Beatty on Fort Stewart, the Bakers have burned up the interstate between Hinesville and Jacksonville, visiting with and spoiling their grandchildren every chance they get. “That new car is for the grandbabies,” said Henry. When asked why Lily had gotten rid of her blue Expedition (which everyone in the county knows she has driven forever), Henry admitted he’s still driving it but with all of their travels a new car was in order (even if now we don’t recognize her coming down the road!). Any who know the Bakers understand the dynamic duo they represent. A blend of old school and new, they collectively educated our youth in this county for 61 years, Lily at 31 years and Henry with 30 years. They were also avid sports coaches. Having coached high school softball for 6 years and rec league softball for 10 years. They played sports their entire lives, and Henry was recently recognized by Southern University, his alma mater, and inducted into their Baseball Hall of Fame. He attended the university on a football scholarship and later played baseball for the Red Sox’s minor league organization. To this day he still wears a 1965 state championship ring for basketball when Liberty High was the big winner. He also has a baseball conference championship ring that usually occupies a finger too. “For me teaching was about connecting with the heart of the kid,” said Henry. Joking that his favorite part of teaching was retirement, Henry doesn’t fool anyone as he is still extremely active in recreation sports, serving as the Vice President of the Hinesville Officials Association, which is an arduous and time consuming position to ensure officials are scheduled for not only Liberty County games,

but also Claxton, Bryan, Toombs, Long and Fort Stewart leagues. Lily said, “I loved the changes you would see in the children. They would come in one way and leave completely different after interacting with you, learning from you and being in your presence.” This is part of what led her to run for election in 2006 to campaign and win the seat of Liberty County School Board Chair. A position she has held ever since. “I heard the assignment,” Lily admits. During a sermon at their church, Live Oak Church of God, she said she had been looking for a way to give back and get involved again with children after teaching and coaching, and she feels strongly that she was told that her mission was to help in the governance and leadership areas of education in Liberty County. Given her vast experience in the field of education we tend to agree. With all of the things that keep them busy, however, the Bakers still make plenty of time for family and themselves. They love watching movies, fishing with Lily’s mother and traveling (of course!). While the common saying is “youth is wasted on the young,” we find ourselves envying the youthful vitality and innocent spirit apparent in this powerful couple and hope that they have many happy years to come. 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. “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 air-conditioned 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.” 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. 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. In an effort to entertain and educate the local community on the importance of filmmaking in Liberty County, the CVB sponsored the Chamber’s Progress Through People Luncheon in October of 2015, which discussed this particular topic. Guest speakers included actors William Mark McCullough and Anthony Paderewski, Savannah Film & Television Alliance founder Charles Bowen and Wonder Worthy Productions COO, Matt Norsworthy. The panel discussion shed light on how the film and entertainment industry utilizes community resources and generates money for the local economy. 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 Liberty County Magazine


actors Austin Martin and Luke Osteen. Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette also had 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.” 30

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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,” due 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. 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 Wonder Worthy Productions has also filmed four productions in Liberty County. “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 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 Liberty County Magazine


beautiful community and see firsthand 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 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, historical 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


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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 and TV shows, Liberty County stands ready to welcome each new production with hospitality and excitement. LCM

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RiceFest Formerly the home of numerous rice plantations, Riceboro now treats its residents and visitors to a parade, live performances from musicians and comedians, a step show, plus the annual rice cook off. For more information, please visit ...

Veterans Salute Enjoy a parade through downtown Hinesville honoring local veterans. Then head to Bryant Commons for a day of fun, live music and more! For details, please visit ... “Come & Take It!� Enjoy various colonial demonstrations, musket and cannon drills, a tactical skirmish & more at Fort Morris Historic Site. For details, please call (912) 884-5999. Sugarcane Grinding Head out to Geechee Kunda for a day full of crafts, demonstrations, art, music and more. For more information, call (912) 884-4440. Christmas In The Park Visit downtown Hinesville for a day of holiday cheer for all! This free event features Santa Claus, a petting zoo, dance performances, food & craft vendors and activities for kids of all ages. For more information, call (912) 368-4445 or visit


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Cupcake Wars Join the Hinesville Area Arts Council for an evening of sugary fun! While teams are competing for the title of best cupcakes in Liberty County, attendees get to sample all the cupcakes they can handle and vote for their favorite. For more information, please visit ... Gingerbread House Reception Visit the La Quinta to see beautifully decorated gingerbread houses. Houses are decorated and donated by students from around the county. For more information, please visit ... Illuminated Christmas Parade Enjoy an evening of Christmas cheer with an illuminated parade! The route winds through downtown Hinesville with beautiful floats. For more information and for a map of the parade route, call (912) 368-4445 or visit ... A Colonial Christmas Enjoy a peaceful holiday celebration with colonial refreshments, a bon fire, caroling and firing of the Christmas guns at Fort Morris Historic Site. Call (912) 884-5999 for details. Christmas Tea Visit the Midway Museum for an afternoon of traditional tea and homemade biscuits, served just like it would have been in colonial Liberty County. Reservations required, call (912) 884-5837 for details.

MLK Jr. Observance Each January, join the MLK Jr. Observance Association as they celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. King. The weekend of events culminates on Monday with a parade through downtown Hinesville and an inspirational speech. For details, please visit ...

Walk to Dorchester Each June, supporters of the Dorchester Academy walk up to 9.5 miles, a trek that was completed daily by former students, to raise funds for the presevation of the school. To become involved, contact the Dorchester Improvement Association at (912) 884-2347 and ...

St. Patrick’s Day Parade If you’re looking for a fun but still family friendly event, head out to Colonel’s Island for a parade featuring decorated golf carts, homemade floats and more. This parade is generally held the Saturday closest to March 17.

Blues & BBQ Each September, join the Hinesville Area Arts Council as they welcome talented musicians and chefs for a day of fun. Between a people’s choice tasting competition and the sweet sounds of live music, it’s hard to choose which is better! Details available at ...

Hinesville Farmers Market Enjoy free veggies and homemade goods from March-November by visiting the market in downtown Hinesville. Available each Thursday evening, don’t miss the summer concert series. For details, call (912) 877-4332. Midway Arts Festival Generally held in April, visit the Midway Museum for a day of the arts. Enjoy local artisans and their wares, readings from authors, and more. For details, contact the Museum at (912) 884-5837. The Gathering Held in April at Geechee Kunda, enjoy discussions, demonstrations, shouters, artists and more. For more details, visit ... Georgia Cities Week Enjoy numerous special events throughout the week, including a “State of the City” address by the Mayor. Details are available at ...

Scarecrow Stroll & Beggars Night The Friday before Halloween is a ghoulish time in downtown Hinesville. Enjoy FREE candy stations, kids activities, costume competitions and a Thriller performance, all in one spot! More information is available by visiting ...

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Small World Festival Typically held each spring, this festival is fun for all because it celebrates the diverse cultures in Liberty County. Enjoy new foods, experience cultural dances and demonstrations. For details, visit ...

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nce a month, on what would seemingly be a regular Friday afternoon, the scent of something delectable wafts downs the hallways and drifts into the surrounding offices, tempting employees to come out. In January of 2016, the Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau began a southern cooks video series to highlight local cooks and showcase southern-style dishes. From the CVB standpoint, this was not only a chance to score some tasty treats, but a way to provide some infotainment to residents and visitors. The videos allow people to see the simple joy of cooking good food that is inherent in the South. From savory to sweet, each dish is made with love and the expertise that comes from trial and error, as opposed to formal classes. Many of our resident cooks started out with a family recipe or perhaps a recipe from a magazine, and then tweaked it to their family’s liking over the years. Mrs. Katy Dasher found her recipe for coconut cream pie in “Southern Living” over 25 years ago, and her grateful family has been reaping the benefits ever since. Susan McCorkle is also a long-time cook. Her specialty is fried chicken, and although she was worried that the pan was going to overflow with hot oil while she cooked chicken for us, she pulled it off like a pro.


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Food brings people together. For McCorkle, her favorite time to cook is during the holidays or family gatherings. “I love having a big group of friends and family gathered in the kitchen while I’m cooking something they’ve requested and something they’ve been looking forward to,” she said. Food brings people together according to McCorkle, and that’s what she enjoys most about preparing special meals. So far this year, the guest cooks have made fried chicken and macaroni & cheese, sour cream pound cake, ribs and potato salad, pimento cheese and cobb salad dip, hoe cakes and cabbage, millionaire shortbread, Devonshire scones, Brunswick stew and coconut cream pie. Through some special connections, the CVB was even able to have some guests from England make two appearances for the series. This grandmother and granddaughter duo made Devonshire scones on their first appearance and millionaire shortbread the second time around. Although they were from another country, they appreciated good, homemade food, and it was easy to tell that their shared love of baking gave them a unique bond. Mary Prince, the CVB’s Visitor Information Specialist, also made an appearance on the show “When I was growing up, cooking was a big thing in my family,” said Prince. “ I love to make people happy. I enjoy sharing recipes and recipe books and trying new things. Now my daughter and I find recipes on Pinterest and then try it. When people say my food is good, that makes me feel good.” Prince, who prepared Brunswick stew for the show, says she learned to cook it from her great Aunt. There was no formal recipe but she instead got it from memory.


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Our very own Visitor Information Specialist, Mary Prince, shares her recipe for Brunswick stew.


1 Large Onion 2 Big cans of diced tomatoes 1 Regular can of tomatoes 2 cans of cream corn 2 cans of whole kernel corn 1 can early peas Bag of potatoes 1 Boston Butt Instructions: Cook the Boston Butt in the oven or in water on the stovetop till it’s done. Let it cool then chop up the Boston butt. Chop the onion up & put them together in a big pot. Open up your cans of tomatoes and pour them all over the meat & onions. Open up the cream corn and pour it in. When you open up the whole kernel corn, drain off the juice first, and then add to the pot. When you start cooking it altogether make sure you put it on low & keep stirring to keep it from scorching. Let it cook for a while, then cut up your potatoes & cook them in a pot till they are almost done. Drain the potatoes and add to the pot. After it cooks for a while open & drain the peas and add them to the pot. Keep stirring off & on till it’s done. It’s up to you how long you cook the stew. You can add the stew to a crock-pot and let it cook on low overnight, if you choose.

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Mrs. Katy Dasher joined us in our kitchen to make coconut cream pie, a recipe she got from Southern Living Magazine.

COCONUT CREAM PIE 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 3 egg yolks 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup flaked coconut 1 baked 9-inch pastry shell

For Topping: 1 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional) For Garnish: toasted flaked coconut Instructions: Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Cook 1 minute.

Love and memories are big themes within the series, and each person that has prepared a dish has their own unique style. For all of them, cooking is a talent and a way to show love to their family and friends. Preparing their distinctive dishes and sharing them creates lifetime memories. We at the CVB are thankful they’re willing to share their food with us. Of course the difficulty we have is sacrificing to taste-test each item, but it’s a delicious diversion that we accomplish in the name of work. To view all the episodes, visit Liberty County CVB on YouTube.



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Beat egg yolks; gradually stir about 1/4 of hot mixture into yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Remove from heat; stir in butter, vanilla and coconut. Cool and then pour into pastry shell. Cool completely; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Beat whipping cream at high speed of an electric mixer until foamy; add vanilla (if using) and then gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spoon or pipe over pie. Garnish with toasted coconut. Note: to toast coconut, place in small frying pan over medium heat and stir constantly until lightly brown. Watch carefully as it will burn.

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Perfect in the t’s easy from the outside looking in at most of what are considered to be “normal” families to see perfection. And to always have this slight tinge of jealousy, that’s just human nature right? Why can’t my son play xyz sport like their kid? Why can’t our car be as new as theirs? Why can’t we take a fabulous vacation like they did? Why does our house look like a train came through it and theirs is always immaculate? This is all normal human behavior. Probably not something we actually admit out loud but normal nonetheless. So it’s refreshing to meet and spend time with a real family, with real issues, who are still perfect in the ways that count. Our cover feature for this year focuses on Josh Coons and his family. Married to Kari since 1999, the couple has two sons and has recently relocated to Midway (specifically the Isle of Wight) from Texas. After a lot of thought and family talks Josh decided to join the Army at the age of 39, which was a significant change for his family. As a Pharmacist, Captain Coons and his family were stationed at Fort Stewart as their first duty assignment. Uprooting the kids from Texas was not an easy thing to do, but they decided it was best for their family. Jackson, age 13 and Judson, age 8 are both enrolled in Liberty County schools. Starting school in October of last year was quite the change for these two. Used to a neighborhood where kids could run around, play all afternoon and come home when the sun went down, living on the Georgia coast with the closest neighbor kid your age a mile or more away is a lot different.

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Fortunately both have become involved in Gator soccer and love the friends they have met along the way. And while the first school year may have been a little rough, the second, which just started, already has a lot of promise in it. Moving to coastal Georgia of course was a culture shock for this fast paced family of four. Used to a bustling metropolitan area, the slower pace was at first an adjustment. Never one to rest on her laurels, Kari set out to make friends, get her boys involved in sports and also make a home. Having worked in the interior design field for a number of years, their house looks like something out of Coastal Living! It’s fabulous, and you’d be totally jealous when you walked in and saw that everything had a place and was in that place, consistently, not just that one time company came over. How can the mother of two boys keep a house this neat? Honestly, she must be a ninja or something. And she works part time in Savannah. And the porch and front hall décor change with the holiday/season. Who has time for that? Well she may not have time, but Kari makes the time for these types of things, which is impressive and indicative of the investment she places in her family and everything she does. For Josh, the move to coastal Georgia has been a nice change. An avid outdoorsman, he has enjoyed getting to know the scenic highways and byways, as well as taking to the water by canoe, kayak and boat. Learning about the tides, the mosquitoes, the sand gnats and some of our more quaint southern sayings that can leave an outsider scratching their head, have all been an education process. It’s nothing now for the family to spend Saturday night under the stars, swimming off the dock in their backyard, embracing the change in direction that their family has been led to. Or riding down undiscovered dirt roads in their Jeep, top off and wind whipping. Or just hanging out around a fire in their backyard, enjoying the wind rolling over the water. Josh and Kari have also worked hard to make sure their sons still feel connected to past friends, setting up opportunities for friends to visit from faraway and chances for the boys to

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play games online with past buds, etc. But even better than all of that is to know that like every “normal� family the Coons have had their trials and tribulations and triumphed in the face of adversity. And also, again just like any normal family, a photographer and lady taking notes brings out the goofball in every man/ boy around. While everyone was color coordinated and perfectly coiffed for the shoot day thanks to Kari, it was a typical time of telling boys not to pick their noses, Dad to stop with the toothy smiles and Mom getting very frustrated with the testosterone in her life. Reminders to stand straight, stop fidgeting and get your hands out of your pockets were commonplace in the two or so hours we spent with the Coons family. Seeing the normal side of this family was one of the most enjoyable experiences because while their house may be picture perfect, they are seriously just normal people with normal problems. Being perfect in their imperfection makes them enviable for sure, as well as perfect in the ways that


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count like their love for one another, their camaraderie and their joy in being together, all of which shine through, no matter the irritation they may dole out. Of course an avid supporter of the Armed Services, we feel very passionately about the service that soldiers offer to our country, however, in this instance we truly appreciate the blessing that is the Coons family and the impact that their family commitment will have on the Army and on coastal Georgia. Hooah! LCM

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Liberty County is not only blessed with an abundance of southern beauty, charm, and history, but it is blessed with being home to Fort Stewart and the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division.

The fact that Liberty County is rich with recreational opportunities, industrial parks for industry, a regional airport, and great schools that include two colleges, is only part of what makes Liberty County such a great place to live.

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he media has told us in the last year that bourbon is having quite the resurgence in American culture. Not just the drinking of the popular liquor, but the history and distilling techniques that go along with it. According to my research vodka has long outpaced bourbon in sales, however, in the last several years that has flip-flopped, bringing bourbon out ahead. Most believe that this new popularity has come because of the distillers themselves. Kentucky in fact just got their first female Master Distiller in the form of Marianne Barnes with Castle & Key, flying in the face of an industry that has long been dominated by men. Pre-Prohibition the art of distilling was strictly a family business, you did not teach others how to hone your craft, especially not your secrets. Even after Prohibition not many outside of a particular distillery’s immediate geographic area were taught the art of minding the grain mix and yeast mash, the difference among barrel types for aging and how bourbon ought to smell. Now social media, the internet and the age old adage “everything old is new again” has bourbon back to the forefront of American culture in a big way. What the veteran bourbon distillers have found is that people want the story nowadays to go along with their libation. They want small batches that have a dialogue to go with them. They want to know how it was made, who made it and if there was something exciting or new in the making. So we thought we’d tell you a few stories, all about two very special gentlemen who happen to enjoy both bourbon and cigars; as well as sharing them with one another whenever they can find the time. They often invite me to the gathering, however, what I have found is that I don’t enjoy bourbon, nor the “man talk” that results when they are together. What’s amusing, at least to me, is that they assumed the story being written was all about bourbon and cigars, rather than the more interesting story of who they are. So we staged a bourbon “tasting” for our unsuspecting story subjects and brought out the cigars to listen, watch and learn. You were first given the pleasure of meeting COL Bill Grugin (RET), as the feature of our magazine last year. Retired from the US Army, COL Grugin and his late wife Betty, shared a love that still shines today. He is often heard to comment, “I can’t imagine that there is a heaven or what it would be like because how could it be any better than what I had with my Betty?” Married just a little shy of 702 months, which is 58.5 years for those who do not want to pull out a calculator, Bill and Betty are 60

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While Bill & Roger are very similar in their political leanings, once started, the topic of politics tends to lead to solving all the problems of the world, ... while sipping a smooth bourbon. 62

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both from Kentucky. Bill from Frankfort, Kentucky, home of four of the major distilleries : Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Bill can remember growing up in Kentucky and frequently tells the story about his family not having the money to purchase a lot of bourbon, so to spread what they did have as far as possible, his father would mix the bourbon with sugar and eat that instead. With lots of family still in Kentucky, Bill was able to get his hands on gobs of pamphlets and brochures, all in the name of helping with my research. While yes, you may think this could be done via the internet, for someone who just celebrated his 88th birthday and religiously reads the Wall Street Journal, completes the Sudoku every day and the word scramble, the internet is of no use. So as of right now, if you want to know about Kentucky bourbon, come to my office, I have the brochures, books and pamphlets! With a shared history as paratroopers, Roger Hutchinson, our other bourbon taster, met Bill during a termite infestation several years ago and they hit it off immediately. While significantly younger than Bill, the age difference does not seem to faze either one of them. One of their first conversations centered around how many “jumps” each had performed as a paratrooper, as well as what long term injuries both have from the often dangerous assignment. The manager of our local Yates-Astro office, Roger has served as the Chairman of the Chamber board both last year (2015) and this year, 2016. Celebrating our 40th year in business, Roger has led the organization successfully into new opportunities and successes, lending his pragmatic and logical thought processes to make the Chamber operate better and serve its members in the best way possible. While a lot of people have met Roger now in his two years as the Chairman, not a lot of people “know” him other than as the Yates-Astro manager and community minded person he is. What is fascinating to discover is Roger’s retirement plans. He’s already started by the way because it’s a long term goal he’s set. Recently acquiring several hound puppies, Roger is working to train them to be search and rescue dogs. More accurately, he wants to help locate people who go missing as the result of Alzheimer’s and other related diseases. Another little known fact, Roger would love to wear one of those squirrel suits you’ve seen on YouTube videos and jump off of a really tall building or canyon wall, flying his way down (anyone who gets him to do that, video is a must!). When Roger and Bill discovered their mutual love of military lore, cigars and bourbon, a friendship was born. Listening to the two gentlemen talk, amidst cigar puffs, you hear the undertones of men who are used to being listened to

and obeyed, as well as two keen military minds who are just as informed and tactical today as they were in their combat times. Of course war stories are a must with any former soldier, these two are no different, however, even more than stories of past adventures and a few escapades, they are really two big softies at heart. The stories of children, grandchildren (and great grands in Bill’s case) usually eek out more time than that of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. One topic you want to run from with these two however is politics! While they are very similar in their political leanings, once started, the topic of politics tends to lead to solving all the problems of the world, tuning out any people around them, while sipping a smooth bourbon. Having been present during one such political conversation, I can say honestly it’s best to just leave them to it and quietly back out of the room. With a great deal of admiration for one another that comes through in their body language and conversation, they never seem to run out of things to talk about. Even if it’s rehashing something they’ve “solved” before. Oh and they are both deaf, but in the opposite ear. See they pair well! It is certainly our pleasure to have met and befriended these gentlemen, there are no other two like them anywhere! Salút! LCM

Because we’re a little bourbon happy ourselves, here’s our recipe for the perfect Liberty County beverage!

Spiked Peach Iced Tea

(Makes one large glass of tea) INGREDIENTS: 1 tea bag 2 cups of water Pure cane syrup or sugar to taste 1shot of bourbon 2 peach slices DIRECTIONS: Pour 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Add tea bag and peach slices & bring to a boil. Just as water comes to a boil, remove from heat & cover to steep. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour tea into pitcher & add syrup or sugar to taste. Stir well. Allow tea to come to room temperature. Pour tea over ice, add 1 shot of bourbon & stir. Enjoy! Liberty County Magazine


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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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Who doesn’t love a good story? Stories bring people together and let them share experiences. Distinct stories are embedded in the history, the places and the people of Liberty County. A visitor can follow many paths throughout the area, and each journey and destination will be unique. Liberty County stories are about freedom. Indeed, the residents of Liberty County have been fighting for freedom even before the county was designated with the name. It 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. When you visit Geechee Kunda Cultural Center in Riceboro, you’ll feel the warmth and hospitality that is the heart and soul of owners Jim and Pat Bacote. This couple works continuously to preserve and perpetuate the GullahGeechee 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.” 76

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Take your time to explore this sweet land of Liberty and the people who have helped it thrive.

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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, as well as local cuisine. The experience at Geechee Kunda has even moved some to bequeath their finances to see its mission completed. “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. Stories of faith and religion are told at the Historic Baptismal Trail, which also takes its place in Riceboro. 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 congregants of the 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. Following the path of Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War history will lead you to the Midway Museum and Fort Morris State Historic Site. Georgia’s first Colonial museum

holds relics from the ancestors who devoted their lives to the betterment of Liberty County. “Midway Museum is a treasure trove of wonderful stories and furnishings. I just love giving tours here,” said Executive Director Diane Kroell. “So many original stories have survived from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We have these stories because Rev. William McWhir, the headmaster at Sunbury Academy, had his students write journals starting in 1793. Can you believe in Sunbury, the Academy taught boys and girls in the 1800’s?” According to Kroell, the Midway Museum still has Rev. McWhir’s cane, and his is just one of the stories worth hearing during your visit. Across the street is the Midway Cemetery, mostly known for the 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 then 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. Genealogy is conducted at the museum and some travel there to discover their past connections to Liberty County. “A recent visitor had just discovered an ancestor from the Midway District. I was so excited to show her the silver goblets used in Midway Church,” said Kroell. “Engraved upon them is ‘An Acknowledgement for S. Munro Esqr. to the Midway Meeting House Society’ She was surprised and amazed to see the goblets her relative Mr. Simon Munro had donated to Midway Church for communion.” For those looking for battle, Revolutionary War history comes alive at Fort Morris State Historic Site. The once bustling port town of Sunbury was the original county seat Liberty County Magazine


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. 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, enslaved 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


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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, 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 African-American 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 has been involved with Seabrook Village since its inception and will be quick to tell you that the generations 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. Thought 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. “You can watch history on TV but here you can relive the experience of African Americans in the early days of freedom.” While Seabrook Village holds the history of some of Liberty County’s first freed slaves, Dorchester Academy 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. Some places in Liberty County combine history with a bit of lightheartedness. The Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association Museum (ITPA) 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. “Who would have thought that old telephones and telephone artifacts could build friendships with people you never thought possible,” said 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

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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 Mrs. Charm, “because life is more fulfilling when you are having fun.” For some, nature is their true calling and their story reflects their affinity for 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 abound. Being on the water allows you to be in between the ethereal space where the water reflects the sky. Agritourism may be a new trend, but Brewer’s Christmas Tree & Blueberry Farm has been a renowned tradition within the community for over thirty years. In the high season of summer, blueberries are ripe and ready to be picked by the bucketful. Fall has its share of harvest too, with persimmons, pears and scuppernong grapes. At Christmas time, the air is made fresh and fragrant with a variety of trees, and families can spend the day selecting their special tree, shopping and enjoying the wide outdoors. So much of Liberty County’s success is due to the stories of the people who lived long ago and the descendants who carry on their spirit. If you take your time to explore this sweet land of Liberty and the people who have helped it thrive, you’ll discover a wealth of stories that will captivate you for a lifetime. Escape the ordinary. Find your freedom; find your adventure in Liberty County, the right blend! LCM


To learn more about Liberty County’s history & attractions or to plan your next trip to our coastal hideaway, visit or call 912-368-3580. Liberty County Magazine

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 as 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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Argos Ready Mix (912) 368-3006 60 Leroy Coffer Hwy

American Diabetes Association (912) 353-8110 340 Eisenhower Drive

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American Fence and Feed (912) 876-8721 5826 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Arnold & Stafford (912) 369-4529 128 S. Main St.

American Red Cross (912) 876-3975 41 Park of Commerce Way

Arrowood Environmental Group, Inc. (912) 920-2895 10 Rose Hill Dr

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AT&T Georgia (912) 877-3388 552 West Oglethorpe Hwy

Ankle and Foot Associates, LLC (912) 432-7236 481 E.G. Miles Pkwy

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Atlantic Foot & Ankle Specialists (912) 463-4517 601 General Stewart Way

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Best Care Home Health (912) 368-5477 229 General Screven Way

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Coastal Solar Power Company (912) 332-1109 229 W. General Screven Way

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Coastal Workforce Services (912) 351-6381 601 East 66th St

Coastal Cooling LLC (912) 977-0222 Coastal Courier (912) 876-0156 125 South Main St. Coastal Discount Pharmacy (912) 884-9255 204 Butler Ave Coastal Electric Cooperative (912) 884-3311 1265 S. Coastal Hwy 17 Coastal Endodontics (912) 463-4405 111 East Mills Ave. Coastal Family Counseling, LLC (912) 335-4992 150 Butler St. Coastal Home Care, Inc. (912) 332-7327 531 South Main Street Coastal Pawn (912) 877-6232 290 W. General Screven Way Pawn Hinesville

Coldwell Banker Holtzman Realtors (912) 368-4300 730 General Stewart Way Colonial Floral & Gift Gallery (912) 877-3482 413 C. S. Main St. Floral & Gift Gallery Columbia College (912) 877-3406 100 Knowledge Dr. Comcast - Business Services (912) 253-1944 1050 Kacey Dr Comcast Spotlight (912) 484-0186 230 Summer Hill Way Committee to Elect Matt Mattingly Community of Inspired Women, Inc. (912) 318-4346 www.communityofinspired Comprehensive OB/GYN Health Center, Inc. (912) 877-2228 455 S. Main St

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Consumer Credit Counseling Services (912) 370-2227 135 E MLK Dr

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Ease the Pain Massage Clinic (912) 980-6205 111 Ryon Ave

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Connection Church (912) 368-6121 116 Patriots Trl

East Liberty County American Legion Post 321 (912) 980-5204 Econo Lodge (912) 368-2275 726 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Edward Jones (912) 369-4850 322 North Main Street El Coqui Bakery (912) 332-1733 790 Veterans Pkwy Elaine C. Boggs Realty Group, LLC (912) 368-6868 116 E. General Screven Way

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Flemington Presbyterian Church (912) 876-2706 750 Old Sunbury Rd PC Flemington Veterinary Hospital (912) 368-3226 3263 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Fraser Center (912) 369-7777 203 Mary Lou Drive Full Armor Auto Accessories (912) 877-3292 730 Weeping Willow Dr Futch Farms (912) 977-3133 3069 Leroy Coffer Hwy

Georgia Transmission Corp. (770) 270-7741 2100 East Exchange Place www.gatranscom GeoVista Federal Credit Union (912) 368-2477 601 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Gibson Home Store (912) 876-6250 4118 E Oglethorpe Hwy Gold & Silver Pawn (912) 876-6580 501-H General Screven Way Golden & Associates CPA’s, LLC (912) 876-8279 769 E Oglethorpe Hwy

GameTruck Savannah (912) 877-6555 savannah

Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire (912) 876-7473 115 W. Hendry St

Georgia Department of Labor (912) 370-2595 740 General Stewart Way

Gospel 94.9FM Radio (912) 368-7335 302 W. Memorial Dr

Heritage Bank (912) 368-3332 300 South Main St.

Hinesville Pharmacy (912) 876-8125 481 EG Miles Pkwy Pharmacy

Great Southern Exterminating (912) 876-5010 2900 Leroy Coffer Hwy

Heritage Group (912) 408-6521 300 South Main St

Hinesville Rotary (912) 401-1387 Rotary Club

H&R Block (912) 876-3415 229 West General Screven Way

Hernandez Collision Center 369-6398 1070 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Hampton Island Club, LLC (912) 880-8800 1300 Retreat Road

Hinesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. (912) 876-3816

Happy Acres (912) 876-6881 1125 Kelly Dr

Hinesville Area Arts Council (912) 368-4445 102 Commerce St

Happy Inn & Suites at Happy Acres (912) 876-3594 1125 Kelly Dr.

Hinesville Area Board of Realtors (912) 368-4227 213 East Court St

Hargray (912) 391-1002 1067 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Hinesville Downtown Development Authority (912) 877-4332 115 East M. L. King, Jr. Dr

Harris Ace Hardware (912) 876-2147 1012 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Hardware Heaven Sent Salon (912) 877-0462 4161 W Oglethorpe Hwy Sent Salon

Hinesville First United Methodist Church (912) 368-2200 203 N. Main St Hinesville Housing Authority (912) 876-6561 301 Olive St


Graddy & Associates Financial Group (912) 876-2130 101 A N. Main Street

Hinesville Smiles (912) 368-3333 101 E. General Stewart Way Holiday Inn Express (912) 877-5611 1388 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Holtzman Insurance Agency (912) 368-2600 1146 E.G. Miles Pkwy Holtzman Real Estate Services (912) 876-8886 1146 E.G. Miles Pkwy Horizon Behavioral Health (912) 785-2100 508 N. Main St Horizon Staffing, Inc. (912) 355-5966 7722 Waters Ave Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. (912) 588-0080 1625 Sunset Blvd Hospice Savannah, Inc (912) 355-2289 1674 Chatham Pkwy

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House of Refuge, Inc. (912) 877-7576 307 Welborn St of Refuge Inc

Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC (912) 369-4000 210 N. Main St

Howard Family Dental (912) 368-6881 319 General Screven Way

International Greetings USA (912) 884-9727 338 Industrial Blvd

Hugo Boss (912) 880-5200 270 Elan Ct

Interstate Credit Union (912) 884-2754 11199 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Humana Military (502) 318-5086 872 Harmon Ave

Into the Sun Tanning (912) 884-2588 21 Isle of Wight Rd the Sun Tanning

Imprint Warehouse (912) 408-4001 101 Ryon Ave Imprint Warehouse Independence Place (912) 877-2270 1300 Independence Place Dr

J M Allen Construction, INC. (912) 256-1743 441 Bell Road NE Allen Construction

Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association & Telephone Museum (912) 408-4872 438 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

James E. Smith, Jr REALTOR (912) 877-7393 323 General Screven Way

Infinite Health Care Academy (404) 913-1948 508 N. Main St Inspirations Performance Studio (912) 332-5326 1661 E. Oglethorpe Hwy


Izola’s Country Cafe (912) 463-4709 809 Willowbrook Dr Country Cafe

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Jimmy Shanken, REALTOR® (912) 977-4733 730 E. General Stewart Way JJ’s Bar and Grill (912) 877-9119 726 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Bar and Grill

JK & T Tire & Auto (912) 368-3558 1528 W. Hwy 196 John Pirkle - Attorney (912) 876-3111 120 S. Commerce St Jones Medical Equipment (912) 877-3202 481 E.G. Miles Pkwy Medical Equipment Jones, Osteen, Jones (912) 876-0111 206 E. Court St Judge Melinda Anderson (912) 368-2063 201 S. Main St Kathy Villafane- REALTOR (912) 247-7967 445 EG Miles Pkwy Keep Liberty County Beautiful (912) 880-4888 9397 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Key Marie Photography (912) 463-2953 1040 Ruben Wells Rd Kinder Morgan 1-800-348-4174 100 Bull St Kings of Steem, LLC (912) 655-5371

La Maison Du Caniche Inc. (912) 876-5165 988 Pineland Ave Lady J’s Catering (912) 617-6576 933 Highland Drive LaQuinta Inn & Suites (912) 369-3000 1740 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Lawrence Hammock Rentals, LLC (912) 876-2300 P.O Box 777 Legal Shield- LaCoya Tender (850) 276-6149 Leigh Smiley REALTOR (912) 977-3401 730 E. General Stewart Way Lendmark Financial Services, LLC (912) 225-3936 119 W. Hendry St Lewis Portable Restrooms, Inc (912) 424-2784 Liberty Cardiology (912) 876-5620 455 South Main St

Liberty Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Inc. (912) 876-5129 750 West Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Co. Farm Bureau (912) 368-3370 562 E.G. Miles Pkwy

Liberty Co. Board of Commissioners (912) 876-2164 100 Main St

Liberty Co. Health Department (912) 876-2173 1113 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Co. Board of Education (912) 876-2161 200 Bradwell St

Liberty Co. High School (912) 876-4316 3216 East Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Co. Clinic of Chiropractic (912) 368-4002 211 East Memorial Dr

Liberty Co. Recreation Department (912) 876-5359 607 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Co. Convention & Visitors Bureau (912) 368-3580 425 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Co. Republican Party (912) 271-1702 539 Sunshine Lake Rd County Georgia Republican Party

Liberty Co. Development Authority (912) 368-3356 425 West Oglethorpe Hwy

Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission (912) 408-2030 100 Main St

Liberty Co. DFCS (912) 370-2555 112 West Oglethorpe Hwy Liberty Co. Drug Court (912) 877-3600 104 N. Commerce St Liberty Co. EMA (912) 368-2201 100 Liberty St


L & D Cleaning and Floor Services (912) 429-1602

Liberty County ARC (912) 269-1013 Liberty County Coroner’s Office (912) 408-2101 100 S. Main St Liberty County Historical Society (912) 977-3282 100 S Commerce St

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Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (912) 876-2131 201 S. Main St Liberty County Solid Waste Authority (912) 884-5353 100 N. Main St Liberty Family Medicine (912) 876-5644 455 S Main St Liberty Pediatrics/ LRMC (912) 876-0250 455 S Main St Liberty Regional EMS, Inc. (912) 369-9420 474 S. Main St Liberty Regional Medical Center (912) 369-9400 462 E.G Miles Pkwy Liberty Regional Outpatient Rehabilitation (912) 369-9408 514 S Main St Liberty Ventures II, LLC Liberty Veterinary Medical Center (912) 876-3357 1094 E. Oglethorpe Hwy


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Life United Pentecostal Church of Hinesville (912) 368-4660 1301 Pipkin Rd Lindy Blanchard, REALTOR (912) 402-1222 730 General Stewart Way Live Oak Church of God (912) 876-8769 296 Live Oak Church Rd Live Oak Public Libraries (912) 368-4003 236 W. Memorial Dr Lock Poppers (912) 368-5625 Poppers Love-It-Productions, Inc. (912) 368-7550 109 Flat Shoal Ln. It Productions Low Country Eyecare (912) 877-2422 127 E. General Screven Way Luis Carreras, Army Reserve Ambassador for Georgia (912) 767-2407 M & M Motors (912) 368-7433 730 W Oglethorpe Hwy

Mach 1 Body Shop (912) 876-5500 701 Courtland Dr Magnolia Manor on the Coast (912) 756-4300 141 Timber Trl Rd Magnum Pest Control (912) 977-6841 Marco’s Pizza - Fort Stewart (912) 368-3302 112 Vilseck Rd Margie’s Southern Cooking (912) 977-6238 1696 Shaw Rd Martin Insurance Agency, Inc. (912) 876-5115 206 N. Main St Mary Fail, REALTOR (912) 572-4647 123 General Screven Way Matt & Bonnies Home Solutions (912) 977-3703 McDonalds Restaurant (912) 876-9301 321 Fraser Dr Midway Family Dental (912) 880-2288 1718 N. Coastal Hwy

Moe’s Home Inspection Services (706) 251-4699 Molly Maxine Enterprises (912) 369-0160 122 S. Main St Maxine Moody Mortgage Corporation (912) 368-3980 119 E. Mill Ave Motel 6 (912) 877-2124 213 W. General Screven Way Muse Collision Inc. (912) 408-7246 14 Brights Lake Rd My Car Audio, LLC (912) 876-3694 454 West General Screven Way Nails 2 Go (254) 247-5788 2 Go By Shanna Navy Federal Credit Union (888) 842-6328 730 S. Main St

Neighborhood Home Improvement (912) 321-2183 306 N Main St Home Improvement Ng Photography (912) 271-5747 226 Old Sunbury Rd Nikki Gaskin, REALTOR (912) 610-8304 730 General Stewart Way Norman Realty & Management (912) 368-3433 139 Ryon Ave Nu Rho Omega Chapter AKA (912) 369-3407 Omni Financial (912) 876-6664 447 A. W. General Screven Way One Love Catering (912) 318-4634 124 S. Macon St Love Catering One Stop Package (912) 368-8066 760 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Stop Package Hinesville Optim Healthcare (912) 644-5300 210 E. Derenne Ave


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

Osteen Law Group (912) 877-2211 101 Fraser St. P. C. Simonton & Associates, Inc. (912) 368-5212 309 N. Main St Palmetto School of Career Development (229) 921-8640 11215 Abercorn St Pam Arthur-Lovett, REALTOR® (912) 977-4626 401 South Main St Panera Bread (912) 448-0061 1190 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Parker Companies 5890 W Oglethorpe Hwy Parkwood Podiatry Associates (912) 368-3036 600 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Party Package (912) 876-4300 1415 W. Oglethorpe Hwy Pastor Richard D. Hayes (912) 415-1204 77 Kent Rd Patriot Auto Sales & Title Pawn (912) 320-4454 845 E.G. Miles Pkwy

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

Primerica (912) 884-9409 13053 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Representative Al Williams (912) 368-4983 511-A Coverdell

PAXEN Learning Corporation (912) 871-4505

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

Ricardo Green, REALTOR (785) 226-9434 730 E. General Stewart Way

PruittHealth Hospice (912) 925-9183 9100 White Bluff Rd

Rivers of Living Waters Outreach Ministries (912) 429-6980 100 Regency Pl

Pedrick & Company, LLC (912) 876-4697 103 Central Avenue Phillips, Kitchings & Smith, LLC (912) 332-7077 111 W Court St Pleasant Grove AME Church (912) 368-3266 1450 W Oglethorpe Hwy Point University (912) 629-3855 55 Al Henderson Blvd Pour House Bar & Grill (912) 368-7687 135 W. Hendry St Pour House Hinesville Power Now, LLC (912) 271-8747 Premier Counseling Services (912) 332-5145 318 S Welborn St


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Purchasing Alliance Solutions 800-782-8254 1265 Minhinette Dr Pure Wax Cafe (912) 376-8174 300 N. Main St Wax Cafe

Robert Brooks for Sheriff (912) 432-5142 Robin Torres & Company/ Keller Williams Realty (912) 247-9786 19 Hill St SE

Quality Inn (912) 332-7461 1024 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Rodeo Mexican Restaurant (912) 877-2040 304 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

Ranger Joe’s (912) 877-2901 771 Veteran’s Pkwy

Rogers Tree Service (912) 884-2112 Tree Service

Ratcliffe & Smith, P.C. (912) 369-8000 103 N. Main St

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

Renaissance Park Senior Village (912) 448-0067 205 E. Memorial Dr

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

S E PrinTech (912) 654-3610 208 W. Rusten St Sam’s Club #4820 (912) 748-9210 15 Mill Creek Cir Sanitary Plumbing (912) 876-3457 1574 E. Oglethorpe Hwy Satin Sax Co. (912) 269-1013 Savannah Age Management Medicine (912) 925-6911 1000 Towne Center Blvd Savannah Car Rentals of Hinesville (912) 370-1169 1009 E Oglethorpe Hwy Savannah Sand Company (912) 884-3702 828 Rogers Pasture Rd Savannah Technical College (912) 408-3024 100 Technology Dr

Savvy Upscale Consignments (912) 877-2223 1425 A West Oglethorpe Hwy Upscale Consignments Score-Service Corps Of Retired Executives (912) 652-4335 111 E. Liberty St Sea Dog Charters, LLC (912) 610-2710 Seabrook Village Foundation (912) 884-7008 660 Trade Hill Rd Seamless Coaching Service (912) 980-2141 Security Finance (912) 368-3730 319 W. General Screven Way Senior Citizens, Inc. (912) 877-0056 800 Tupelo Trl SERVPRO (912) 264-6094 1019 Commercial Dr Shane’s Rib Shack (912) 877-7675 300 W. General Screven Way


S Bank (912) 876-5050 119 E. General Screven Way

Sho’ Nuff Smokin Good Barbecue (912) 369-4663 4827 W. 15th St Nuff Smokin Good BBQ Smokin Pig The BBQ Joint (912) 756-7850 3986 Hwy 17 Sol Terra Tanning Salon (912) 877-0087 103 W. General Screven Way South Georgia Bank (912) 408-1051 737 S. Main St Southeast Auto Service, LLC (912) 876-4280 104-B Carter St Southeast GA Friends of Ft. Stewart & Hunter (912) 408-6225 www.friendsofftstewartand Southeast Georgia Surgery (912) 876-5505 455 S Main St Southeastern Eye Center (912) 876-1101 345 Lindquist Southern Concierge 844-DO IT 4 ME

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Southern Digital Display (404) 290-7221 101 Carrick Way Southern Sweets Cafe & Bakery (912) 332-7555 1 Sherwood Dr Sweets Cafe & Bakery

State Farm Insurance - Adam Herndon (912) 876-2159 790 Veterans Pkwy

Speros, Inc. (912) 368-8900 933 E.G. Miles Pkwy

State Farm Insurance- Joseph Grant (912) 368-0073 101 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Spine & Sport (912) 368-1078 481 EG Miles Pkwy

Stewart Realty (912) 368-3700 323 W. General Screven Way

Springleaf Financial Services, Inc (912) 876-0131 547 W Oglethorpe Hwy

Stewart Way Apartments (912) 368-3777 302 W. General Stewart Way

St. Joseph’s / Candler Home Health Care (912) 368-5064 401 N. Main St

Stoners Pizza Joint (912) 332-7733 103-D General Screven Way

St. Joseph’s/ Candler Immediate Care Center (912) 332-7262 780 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Stop N Stor (912) 368-9196 746 EG Miles Pkwy

St. Stephen First Martyr Catholic Church (912) 876-4364 399 Woodland Dr Stacy’s Florist (912) 368-3343 69 Old Sunbury Rd


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

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Strategic Business Solutions Unlimited, Inc. (912) 368-3475 425 West Oglethorpe Hwy Strike Hard CrossFit (912) 321-8545 1661 E. Oglethorpe Hwy

Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Coastal Georgia Affiliate (912) 232-2535 2250 E. Victory Dr Sybil’s Family Restaurant (912) 427-3855 362 N. 1st St T. Alan Lyle, D.D.S, P.C. (912) 876-9331 103-B Ryon Ave T.L. Enterprises (912) 572-2289 T.R. Long Engineering, P.C. (912) 368-5664 114 North Commerce St Target DC-T3808 (912) 880-6059 1247 Sunbury Rd Taste, Liberated (912) 432-9596 Tattersall Village Apartments (912) 320-4788 501 Burke Dr Taylors Creek Construction Company, LLC (912) 368-5015 8101 Elim Church Rd The Law Office of Reginald C. Martin, LLC (912) 228-4200 508 N. Main St

The Midway Museum, Inc. (912) 884-5837 491 N. Coastal Hwy The Pines at Willowbrook Office (912) 877-2162 841 Willowbrook Dr The Shell House Restaurant (912) 927-3280 8 Gateway Blvd W The Tire Rack, Inc. (877) 353-5082 667 Sunbury Rd Thomas Hill Jewelers (912) 876-6036 110 E Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Tri-County Protective Shelter (912) 368-9200 Troy University (706) 231-2263 2743 Perimeter Pkwy U.S. Army Recruiting (912) 876-7203 115 E. Oglethorpe Hwy UBOUNCE 1-254-319-0769 Unique Social Club (912) 369-2242 785 Inwood Dr United Military Care (912) 877-1340 400 N. Main St Military Care

Total Car Care Center, Inc. (912) 877-6099 759 Veterans Pkwy

United Way of Coastal Empire- Liberty County (912) 368-4282 135 E. Martin Luther King Dr Way Liberty County

TQ Constructors, Inc. (912) 685-7950 1145 Hiwatha St

Unlimited Taxes & More, Inc. (912) 369-9592 241-C W General Screven Way

Tractor Supply Co. (912) 877-5256 766 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

US Real Estate Professionals (912) 977-0637 1705 E. Oglethorpe Hwy


The Lisa Scales Team / H&S Real Estate Services (912) 877-1262 202 E. General Stewart Way

Vaden Nissan of Hinesville (912) 368-1680 1009 E Oglethorpe Hwy Vapin Right (912) 432-7948 438 W. General Screven Way Veterans United Home Loans (912) 876-0344 125 B. S. Main St Vie4 Personal Training (912) 432-2561 Fitness VIP Office Furniture & Supply (912) 877-5209 109 Central Ave VIP Promotional Products (912) 877-5215 109 Central Ave Visalus (912) 321-5855 1754 Aston Dr Energy Drink Voluminous Virgin Hair (912) 877-7797 445 EG Miles Pkwy Walmart Neighborhood Market #4519 (912) 255-6010 801-A E. General Stewart Way

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Walmart Neighborhood Market #4525 (912) 877-9810 1422 W. Oglethorpe Hwy

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

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

Wrap-It Signs (912) 876-9727 808 W Oglethorpe Hwy

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

Waltrich Plastic Corp Of GA (912) 368-9341 3005 Airport Rd

Wreaths for Warriors Walk (912) 977-0213 222 Magnolia Ln

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

Ward’s Auto Painting & Bodyworks (912) 877-9273 3643 E Oglethorpe Hwy

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

Walmart Super Center (912) 369-3600 751 West Oglethorpe Hwy Hinesville, GA 31313

Webster University- Ft. Stewart (912) 876-8080 100 Knowledge Dr Wedgewood/Aspen Court Apartments (912) 368-2244 939 S. Main St Westside Baptist Church (912) 876-7600 108 Welborn St Williams Auto Detailing and Business Center (912) 572-8024 814 EG Miles Pkwy Wonder Worthy Productions (912) 977-1632


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Liberty County Magazine

Liberty County Magazine 2016  

The official community publication of Liberty County, Georgia.

Liberty County Magazine 2016  

The official community publication of Liberty County, Georgia.