Welcome to Our City--Hopeulikit, GA

Published: Dec. 1, 2006 at 1:28 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2006 at 4:32 PM EST
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About seven miles outside of Statesboro, you come across the intersection on highway 80 and 25.

For some these numbers simply signify road signs. For others who know this area, this is Hopeulikit, Georgia.

"They stop and ask questions," said Beatrice Ellis. "One boy from Atlanta stopped. He passed and he saw the sign and he turned around and come back. He said could you tell me a little more about Hopeulikit and how it got it's name?"

So how did it get its name?

84-year old Beatrice Ellis is the lady to ask.

She and her husband John Paul own the approximately 800 acres this community with the funny name sits upon.

Ellis says it got its name from a dance hall that used to sit right off Highway 80.

"I could sit on the porch and listen to the bands playing down here," said Ellis. "They had good music. Bands from everywhere. It had a stage built for the bands to sit up there and play, and the hardwood floors, oh, they were so pretty."

She says ladies and men would dress in their best attire and dance the night away.

That was back in the 20s and 30s.

It's no longer there.

The Ellises also owned a grocery store and a meat market.

Those are gone too.

You may think, well there's nothing to like in Hopeulikit, but for Mrs. Ellis, along with the hundred or so people who live in this community, Hopeulikit has everything and then some.

"Well, it's home to me," said Ellis. "I was born and raised right here right up on the hill. John Paul was too. He was raised across 80 over there. The Ellis generations were raised here. Everyone of them owned property or had some kind of little business going."

So when you pass through Hopeulikit, the little town at the intersection of highway 80 and 25, know that there is more to it than meets the eye.

It's about family, and that's something that is hard not to like.

"Hopefully it will be here forever," said Ellis.

Reported by: Karla Redditte, kredditte@wtoc.com