Taylors Creek Elementary School students learned recently about the area’s roots from people who have seen the area grow and change firsthand.
Liberty County Commission Chairman Donald Lovette and his mother, Louise Lovette, both read to students as part of the event.
Louise Lovette also sang one of her favorite hymns, “Amazing Grace.”
Wyman May and his wife LaFayne May, a former National Distinguished Principal who also serves on the area’s library board of directors, also visited.
Wyman May shared pictures of Taylors Creek schools.
Lee Branch Herrin also attended, and shared pictures of the school bus and its benches to give students an understanding of the past.
There was no running water, she said, and each student brought his or her own bowl and spoon to each lunch. Meals included soup with cornbread, lima beans, and on occasion, apples.
“Those were wonderful days,” Herrin said, despite not having running water.
Herrin’s great-grandson, Cale Crane, is in fourth grade at Taylors Creek, and her granddaughter, Dr. Patti Crane, is the executive director of technology with the Liberty County School System.
Cale Crane said he was proud for his grandmother to come share her memories with his classmates.
“Even though the community of Taylors Creek no longer exists, the memories and wonderful times will be shared for years to come,” TCE Principal Debbie Rodriguez said about the guest speakers.