Girard Masonic Lodge #317, Burke County

Girard GA Burke County Old Mercantile Store Two Story Clapboard Boarded Windows Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Cecil M. Hickman writes that this building was built and owned buy the Girard Masonic Lodge #317 until late 1950’s or early 60’s. The members were transferred to the Sardis Masonic Lodge and the building and land sold to Earl Clifton (Tippy) Hickman & his Aunt Miss Marion Hickman. Tippy installed the door on the right hand side in order to place his excess 1949 & 1950 Fords and extra parts, one of several warehouses he had full of restored 49 & 50 Ford (abt 20) cars & parts. Tippy also refurbished old John Deere Tractors, he had a one cylinder that ran as well as the day it was bought. I don’t know what happened to the furniture used by the lodge upstairs.

Girard GA Burke County Old Mercantile Hickman Store Two Story Clapboard Boarded Windows Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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9 responses to “Girard Masonic Lodge #317, Burke County

  1. Cecil M. Hickman

    I incorrectly named Tippy Hickman as Clinton, in fact his name is Earl Clifton Hickman aka Tippy, Jan 2, 1931-April 2008

    • Thanks for the history, Cecil. I corrected the name.

      • Cecil M. Hickmna

        Mr. Brown, I hope to get to the county Court House & do a title search on the property Identified as Girard Masonic Lodge #317 I will send you whatever I find, if you would like to have it. I also need something from you, driving direction to GOAT TOWN, I was there 10-15 years ago & could not find my way back. I could not find anyone that had ever heard of it. They think I’m crazy,say they is no such place.any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Cecil M. Hickman

    The building above listed as an old store was built and owned buy the Girard Masonic Lodge #317 until late 1950’s or early 60’s. The members were transferred to the Sardis Masonic Lodge and the building and land sold to Clinton E. (Tippy) Hickman & his Aunt Miss Marion Hickman. Tippy installed the door on the right hand side in order to place his excess 1949 & 1950 Fords and extra parts, one of several warehouses he had full of restored 49 & 50 Ford (abt 20) cars & parts. Tippy also refurbished old John Deere Tractors, he had a one cylinder that ran as well as the day it was bought. I don’t know what happened to the furniture used by the lodge upstairs. Hickman store owned by Walter A. Hickman & his Sister Marion Hickman is located on the main street in Girard, at the intersection of Stoney Bluff & Millhaven Roads. It is a two story building & they also sold coffins, at the death of Marion she left everything to her nephew Tippy at his death his sister Novine Hickman Hamilton inherited everything. She sold the contents of the store. I purchased the Coco-Cola sign with Hickman’s Groc & Meats restored along with a coffin for a child & other oddities.Cecil M. Hickman, Waynesboro, GA

  3. jep

    Actually,this was not a store at all. The photo about 2 above, labeled as “abandoned store” was actually “Hickman’s Store”. This building was a very old Masonic Lodge. Until recently, last couple of years or so, it housed what would boggle the minds of every curator at the American History Museum/Smithsonian. Now empty and sadly locals never got a chance to enjoy the amazing wonders it held secret for so many years, including pristine vintage cars from the 30’s, 40’s including spare parts. This building was owned by the Hickman family, just was not a store.

  4. Bell-Parker

    Wow, this is wonderful! It looks 1850s to me. Needs some further documentation soon, that’s for sure.

  5. Ben Dooley

    This is a very old building. Strange that there is no cover or porch across the front, but cannot see any evidence there ever was. Nice. In Oakwood, GA my grandfather ran a store in a similar, though not as old, building from before 1910 until it burned in the late 30’s. He stocked and sold coffins from the 2d floor!

  6. I can only imagine the customers stopping there, talking about the crops, the weather, how each one is getting along, kids buying penny candy, discussing the latest news. Wish those days were still like that. The stories that store could tell if it were possible.

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