Residents who would like to prevent another Bell's Store situation in Cherokee County now have a way to do so.
The Cherokee County Historical Society is selling the bricks from historic Bell’s Store to raise funds to preserve historic properties in the county.
The organization is using the initiative to honor the legacy of Bell's Store, which is scheduled to be demolished in July.
Bell's Store, which sits at 4864 Cumming Highway, is home to Cherokee Market Farm Fresh Produce. Owner Lisa Meyer had been battling Macon-based developer Jim Rollins' plans to boot her off the property in favor of the new development.
A petition was created and many in the community rallied around Meyer, but the property owners and Rollins prevailed. The building will be demolished to make way for a Flash Foods convenience store with gas sales.
Residents who wish to support future preservation efforts can purchase a commemorative brick, which will be engraved with the donor’s name and placed at a new courtyard at the society's Rock Barn next to Canton Elementary School.
The courtyard will be constructed either fall 2014 or spring 2015, and the organization is looking for community partners to help with the construction.
Volunteers are also needed to help clean the bricks for reuse.
The donation levels are:
- $25 donation will preserve 5 bricks from Bell's Store, including 1 brick with one line of engraving (up to 18 characters).
- $50 donation will preserve 10 bricks from Bell's Store, including 1 brick with two lines of engraving.
- $100 donation will preserve 25 bricks from Bell's Store, including 1 brick with three lines of engraving.
- $250 donation will preserve 50 bricks from Bell's Store, plus 1 -8"x 8" white marble paver with up to five lines of engraving.
Bricks may be purchased online at www.rockbarn.org, or download the order form on https://www.facebook.com/CherokeeCountyHistoricalSociety.
For more information, call (770) 345-3288.