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 www.nationalitpa.com 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 www.hinesvilledowntown.com 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 www.cityofriceboro.com 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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