The Liberty County Board of Commissioners recently announced a $12,000 grant for the preservation of the historic Bacon Fraser House. The structure is currently occupied by the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce (LCCOC) and Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau (LCCVB).
“We are grateful to be granted these funds for the continued preservation of our office home. The historic Bacon Fraser House is a piece of Liberty County history, and we want to see it continue to thrive under our care and these funds go a long way to help us in that mission,” said LCCOC/LCCVB CEO Leah Poole.
Currently located at 208 E. Court Street in Hinesville, the main structure of the home was built in 1839 by Mary Jane Hazzard Bacon, widow of Major John Bacon. The home was salvaged by Mrs. Bacon when she used her husband’s Mason apron to prevent the Union troops from torching it during the Civil War. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
This home remained in the Bacon family for six generations until it was purchased by the LCCOC/LCCVB in 2017. In addition to the main structure, the home has a modern addition and three outbuildings situated on 2.6 acres of land. Each generation added their own personal touches to the home, always being mindful of preserving the original character of the building.
The LCCOC and LCCVB has been entrusted with the honor of preserving the historic Bacon Faser House, which now serves as the welcome center to all who visit Liberty County.
Established in 1976, the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to support new and existing business, trade and industry within Liberty County, while increasing the cultural, civic, educational and overall quality of life of its citizens. The Chamber and its’ 500 members are committed to enhancing the local business climate and maintaining a high quality of life in the community.