Hopeful, Georgia

Hopeful GA General Store Mitchell County Americana Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The Hopeful General Store is still the center of the community and remains a busy local landmark.


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3 responses to “Hopeful, Georgia


    My grandparents (Paul & Mattie Gray & my uncles (MC & LB Gray)) farmed what is now Covey Rise Plantation on River Road north of Hopeful. I attended second grade at the Hopeful school and remember when a concrete skating rink was built just north of the gym. The most exciting thing I remember from my school days at Hopeful was when a delivery truck’s rear wheels crashed through the septic tank outside the school lunchroom. The odor permeated the lunchroom and most of the school!
    The Gray family were early settlers in Hopeful and my great grandparents (Pat & Sally Gray) are buried in the church cemetery and I believe they were early members of the Baptist Church in Hopeful.
    The Sullivan store was a community gathering spot and the first place the school bus stopped on our way home. The driver would allow 3 or 4 kids to run inside for quick snacks. Attending birthday parties at the American Legion (long torn down) on River Road just north of the church along with church & school functions and swimming at Camp Tucker (a church camp just west of the cemetery) or a trip to Camilla or Bainbridge for groceries and maybe a movie were the high points of entertainment in 1952!
    Thank you for your efforts to record these rapidly vanishing places in rural Georgia.

  2. Peggy

    The Hopeful Mall!

  3. Jan

    Hello Brian. You may want to visit Baconton. There are some jewels there, most importantly the old Baconton School building that currently houses the community charter school. City Hall is located in a beautifully restored home. Thanks for all you do to preserve the images of the past.

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