Brick­store al­most be­came New­ton County seat

The Covington News - - LOOKING BACK -

If Win­ton, (now known as Brick­store Com­mu­nity), es­tab­lished in 1818 had had an ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply it might still be the county site of New­ton!

Its early set­tlers, in­clud­ing the Graves, Gra­ham, Mid­dle­brooks, Glass, Juice, Paine, Hin­ton, Parker, Stan­ton, Burge, Perry and Story fam­i­lies, some dat­ing back to the late 1700’s, had come from North Carolina, South Carolina and Vir­ginia. Most of these early set­tlers were not only people of wealth, but were highly cul­tured. Brick­store Store At Win­ton, New­ton County’s first brick build­ing was con­structed by Solomon Graves and his sons, with bricks brought by ship form Eng­land; and was soon des­ig­nated through­out this sec­tion as “Brick­store.” A D.A.R. tablet at the old stor, which stills tands, gives its his­tory as fol­lows:

“Thi tablet marks the trail of the stage coach cross roads from Charleston to New Or­leans and from Ruck­ersville to Milledgeville, the state cap­i­tal. To the rear stands the Brick Store, the first brick build­ing in Ne­wotn County, where the New­ton County first Su­pe­rior Court was held April 15, 1822, when it was de­cided to move the court to New­ton­bor­ough, now Cov­ing­ton.”

Un­for­tu­nately, the old Inn re­ferred to int eh D.A.R. marker, no longer re­mains on the site.

The first In­fe­rior Court, com­posed of the fol­low­ing jus­tices — Ge­orge Cunningham, Henry Lane, Larkin Dunn and W. Ham­mick, was held at Brick­store in March, 1822; and the county was in the Flint Cir­cuit un­til the nineties, when Stone Mt. Cir­cuit was formed.

Brick Store District, in 1870 had a pop­u­la­tion of 1,031: with 419 white and 612 ne­gro.

In 1893, Ge­orge C. Adams, fa­ther of Brick­store’s H. Grady Adams and Charles Adams, at­tended the World’s Fair in Chicago. When he re­turned he brought home a small elec­tric light out­fit — a Ley­den wet bat­tery and a small ta­ble lamp with a bulb about the size of a small mar­ble. It made a light about the bright­ness of a match. This was New­ton County’s first bona fide elec­tric light, an early form of the mod­ern elec­tric light!

About the same time, the Adams fam­ily of 14 homes, in­stalled a one line tele­phone sys­tem that con­nected each home, and ran to Dr. Rags­dale’s home in Starrsville. There was a dif­fer­ent ring for each fam­ily, and a spe­cial ring for alarm.

Prior to March 13,1852, res­i­dents wor­shipped at Har­ris Springs, a Prim­i­tive Bap­tist, and Lane’s, a Methodist church. The new church, es­tab­lished on the above date, was named “Mt. Pleas­ant,” for the nearby Graves’ plan­ta­tion of that name.

In 1861 the church was com­pletely de­stroyed by fire set by a rene­gade slave, who also burned the home and gin house of John W. Hin­ton, a mem­ber of Mt. Pleas­ant. From that time un­til sev­eral years af­ter the War Be­tween the States, ser­vices were held in a school­house, in the con­ver­gence of the Starrsville to Brick­store roads.

Dur­ing this time in ad­di­tion to names of early set­tlers, the fol­low­ing fam­ily names are found in the records: Cheney, Knox, Wadsworth, Ans­ley, Tay­lor, McCon­nell, Mitcham, Big­gers, Gibson, Mith­cell, Cren­shaw, Walker, House, Patrick, Hay and leach.

The present Mt. Pleas­ant was erected in 1878; and other fam­i­lies are noted in records af­ter that time, among them: Dyer, Sock- Com­mu­nity House

What is now the Brick Store Com­mu­nity Club­house orig­i­nated as a school. In the be­gin­ning of the 19th century, schools in this coun­try were con­ducted in the homes of pa­trons, each tak­ing turn, and join­ing in pay­ing a teacher.

At­ten­dance soon ne­ces­si­tated a school build­ing, which was con­structed through com­mu­nity ef­fort on Mt. Pleas­ant Church property. In 1905 G. Claude Adams, then county school su­per­in­ten­dent, per­suaded the church trustees to deed the property-some 2.3 acres, to the county.

In 1917, he with the help of neigh­bors, re­moved the up­per story of the school, which was a two story build­ing, and re­mod­eled the build­ing , which has since served as a com­mu­nity meet­ing place, now known as Brick­store Club house.

Even be­fore the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, es­tab­lish­ing Agri­cul­tural Ex­ten­sion work, New­ton County had a do­mes­tic sci­ence teacher, Miss Clyde Wil­lis, who held classes in homes of pupils of county schools. Ap­pointed by the school board, un­der the The Hub

When Ge­or­gia High­way 11 was com­pleted in 1935, a gas sta­tion was es­tab­lished at the junc­tion of Ge­or­gia High­ways 11 and 12, by Robert Stan­ton. Known as “The Hub”, it also pro­vided liv­ing quar­ters for the fam­ily.

At the sug­ges­tion of of­fi­cials of South­easter Stages, the Hub in 1937; and at first served buses be­tween At­lanta and Au­gusta. Soon buses were added on trips be­tween At­lanta and Milledgeville; and South­ern Trail­ways made the Hub a bus stop be­tween Ma­con and Gainesville.

Quite nat­u­rally, bus lines worked out sched­ules for bus changes at the Hub. Shortly some 30 buses were stop­ping daily for rest stops and tick­ets, etc., as well as re­fresh­ments , World War II added to the num­ber of buses, and at times there were 20 buses load­ing and un­load­ing at the Hub, Robert Ri­p­ley es­tab­lished the Hub in his col­umn of “Be­lieve It or Not” as the world’s Land­marks

Mt. Pleas­ant Plan­ta­tion was the name Solomon Graves gave the 7,500 acre land grant given by the King of Eng­land, when he came Ge­or­gia’s finest, with a beau­ti­ful an­te­bel­lum home, which had 21 rooms in its three story struc­ture; and homes for the many slaves, nearby.

The home was one of the few left stand­ing by Sher­man, in his march to the sea; and owes its century plus preser­va­tion to a re­quest form a mu­tual friend of the Graves and Sher­man, that it be spared.

Dur­ing the past century when the boll wee­vil came; cot­ton was de­throned; and many of the Graves pi­o­neers fin­ished their earthly tasks, the hold­ings dwin­dled though sales un­til 1958, when he re­mained 426 acres were pur­chased by the Wal­ter Em­mels, who came from the west to make a new life in west to make a new life in Ge­or­gia.

One of the prime at­trac­tions of the place for the at­trac­tions of the place for the Em­mels is a gi­ant oak tree in the back yard, 29 feet in cir­cum­fer­ence and es­ti­mated to be 150 years old. They

well, Cook, Adams, Stan­ton, Ste­wart, and Neal. ca­pa­ble lead­er­ship of the late J. O. Martin, county school com­mis­sioen (now co. school su­per­in­ten­dent), she taught sewing, cook­ing, can­ning and hand­crafts.

Brick­store Home Demon­stra­tion Club was or­ga­nized in 1917, with Miss Marg­eret Burge as County Agent. largest ru­ral bus sta­tion. The property still is owned by Robert Stan­ton and op­er­ated by his sons, Robert Stan­ton, Jr. have wired it against light­en­ing dam­age.

Stroud­burn, Stroud – name given creek by young English sur­veyor, who made sur­vey of this sec­tion of Ge­or­gia for the king of Eng­land, Burn- Scot­tish for “Small Creek”) is lo­cated some three miles north of Hub Junc­tion at in­ter­sec­tion of Ga. High­way 11 and U.S. 278. Stroud­burn, en­com­pass­ing some 835 acres, is part of the orig­i­nal Graves, Paine and Elmo Chap­man hold­ings, pur­chased in 1951-62 hold­ings, pur­chased in 1951-62 by the Wal­ter G. Horstmans.

Adams Home­stead, now the property of the Charles N. Adams is the for­mer home of Mr. Adams’ fa­ther, G.C. Adams, orig­i­na­tor of the first Boys Corn Club, which sparked the in­no­va­tion of 4-H Club work. It is also the for­mer home­site of Dr. F. M. Cheney, pioneer in the field of medicine, who com­pounded “Cheney’s Ex­pec­to­rant” which is still in de­mand as a cough rem­edy.

The Cheney home is be­ing re­stored by the Adams, to its orig­i­nal sta­tus, and will be oc­cu­pied by them upon com­ple­tion.Al­covy Place, now owned by broth­ers, Charles and John Sherod, who came to Ga. In 1954, from Mon­tana look­ing for a warmer cli­mate, con­sists of 910 acres.

It was orig­i­nally the site of Al­covy Methodist Churc; moved in 1913; a cot­ton gin which burned in 1925. A ceme­tery that has one grave­stone dat­ing back to 1851, and is a marker for Joe Collen. The Sherods have de­vel­oped the farm into a cat­tle and chicken ranch.

Cor­nish Mt. Farm, so named since a por­tion of it lies ion the moun­tain­side of that name. Pur­chased in 1956 from J.L. Bell by the M.C. Sherods who also moved from Mon­tana con­sists of 740 acres upon which they have de­vel­oped a fine herd of cat­tle, and a large chicken farm.

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