Category Archives: Hinesville GA

Craftsman Cottage, Circa 1936, Hinesville

This is actually a shotgun form with Craftsman details on the front.

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Hinesville First United Methodist Church, 1942

This church was built in 1942 and dedicated in 1944. This photograph dates to 2011 and the structure is now gone, replaced by a newer facility in the past few years. The main sanctuary building, next door, was completed in 1985 and is still in use.

From the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, a bit of background on the congregation: In 1837, when the town of Hinesville was laid out, a plot was reserved for the Methodist Church. This site was adjacent to the courthouse, where Bradwell Park is now. A small frame building was built on the lot reserved for the church and it was there that Methodism in Hinesville began to grow. By 1845, the church had a Sunday school and, by 1890, the Woman’s Missionary Society had twenty-five members. In March 1900, a group of Hinesville ladies banded together to form a Ladies Aid Society which made special efforts to raise funds for the church building. In 1901, this group paid for new shingles for the roof, two chandeliers, and six bracket lamps...Under the pastorate of Rev. C. B. Ray, construction of a new church began in 1941 [the one pictured here]. Work was completed in 1942, under Rev. J. W. Patterson, and was dedicated on September 4, 1944, with Bishop Arthur J. Moore delivering the dedicatory sermon.

Zum Rosenhof, Hinesville

Hinesville Bank Building, 1911

Located in the old Hinesville Bank building, Zum Rosenhof is an authentic German restaurant and grocery that’s been a downtown favorite for many years.

Gulf War-Era M60 A3, Hinesville

This Gulf War-era [Operation Desert Storm] tank is parked in front of the Fred L. Ginter American Legion Post 168 in Hinesville. This particular model was phased out, I believe, as operations in the Gulf came to a close but was a workhorse of the Army for many years.

Glenn E. & Trudie Bryant Statue, Hinesville

Though his roots were in Pensacola, Glenn E. Bryant was one of the best-known businessmen in Hinesville during his lifetime. This lifelike sculpture of Mr. Bryant and his wife, Trudie, is located beside his former residence, which is now home to the national office and museum of the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association (ITPA). As the name implies, this organization recognizes those in the independent telecommunications field and highlights their impact on their communities.

The ITPA Museum is located at the entrance to Bryant Commons, a 150-acre public greenspace that the Bryants envisioned as a place for all to enjoy.

Mr. Bryant, who moved to Hinesville in 1941, was the founder and owner of Coastal Utilities Telephone Company, and mayor of Hinesville from 1963 to 1971. He was chairman of Liberty County Hospital Authority from 1957 to 1970, Liberty County Commissioner from 1970 to 1978, and a Georgia State Senator from 1979 to 1988.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Hinesville

The Hinesville Coca-Cola Bottling Company originated when the Darien Coca-Cola franchise moved to the city in 1919, after just four years in Darien. Some sources have dated this building to 1920, but unless it was renovated later, the architecture is a bit modern for 1920. It looks more mid-20th-century to me. Either way, it’s a great resource.

The bottling works served Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties and closed in 1990. It served as the operations center for Heritage Bank in recent years. I’m unsure what has come of recent plans to repurpose the building as a restaurant and water bottling facility.

Bacon-Fraser House, 1839, Hinesville

Hinesville was established in 1837 to replace Riceboro as the seat of Liberty County. Just two years later, on what was then a 23-acre tract, this Federally-influenced Plantation Plain townhouse was built by Mary Jane Hazzard Bacon, the widow of Major John Bacon of Riceboro.

The property was occupied by Union troops under the command of General William T. Sherman in 1864 and several outbuildings were burned. The house was saved by Mrs. Bacon, who displayed her husband’s Masonic apron for protection. Many more generations of the family owned the home until 2017, when it became the headquarters of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The beautifully landscaped yard is dominated by historic Live Oaks, some of the largest to be found in inland Liberty County.

National Register of Historic Places

Fraser Cottage No. 1, 1927, Hinesville

This is one of two nearly identical Georgian Cottages standing next door to each other in Hinesville. This is the least modified of the two. Though they have the look of typical houses of this type dating to the 1870s and 1880s, these were built as rental properties by Maria Bolineau Fraser in 1927, obviously influenced by nearby examples.

Craftsman Bungalow, 1925, Hinesville

This circa 1925 bungalow is one of just a few historic homes remaining in downtown Hinesville.

Flemington, Hinesville & Western Railroad Depot, Circa 1912, Hinesville

Originally located on Main Street, this depot was moved to its present location around 2005. The Flemington, Hinesville & Western had a line that ran five miles to the McIntosh community via Flemington and though intended to run as far as Glennville, never completed that route. It was renamed the Savannah, Hinesville & Western in 1916 and by 1917 was out of business as a commercial carrier. It was purchased by the Dunlevie Lumber Company in 1917 and operated as a lumber road for several years thereafter. It is presently home to a printing business.