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Chamber, CVB show off new offices at open house
Guests were treated to lunch on the lawn at the open house for the Bacon-Fraser House as the new offices for the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. - photo by Photo by Lawrence Dorsey

"Our home is yours."

Leah Poole, CEO of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, welcomed everyone to stop by the new chamber/CVB offices in the historic Bacon-Fraser House. The home is at 208 East Court St.

Elected officials, community leaders and relatives of the Bacon-Fraser family attended the chamber’s ribbon cutting and picnic April 26. Lunch was served on the lawn and tours were offered through the repurposed home.

Chamber board chairwoman Karen Bell said she was excited to be in the new location.

"It’s been a long time coming," Bell said. "We just want you to know that we are here for you."

Sandra Martin, mayor of Flemington and CVB chairwoman said she was proud of the new facility and the ability to showcase what the CVB has.

Crystal Caines, Main Street program coordinator of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, thanked Poole and everyone involved in staying downtown.

"We think this is such an asset to the community," she said.

The Bacon-Fraser House was built on a 23-acre tract in 1839 by Mary Jane Bacon, widow of Major John Bacon, according to the Liberty County Historical Society marker in front of it.

The home was put up for sale by members of the Bacon-Fraser family and was purchased for $380,000 by the chamber earlier this year.

Program coordinator Amanda Scott said they promised the family to preserve and take care of the home.

The house includes newly painted walls, converted spaces for offices, upstairs storage and a bigger kitchen. The front porch has a hammock and hammock chairs for visitors.

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