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On Glisson’s Pond; Memories shared during visit to once popular site in county


Colleen Robinette, left, and Wade Hodges, right, were childhood friends and playmates when Glisson’s Mill was in operation before the property was acquired for creation of the military reservation. Shown seated, center, are Colleen’s neices, JoAnn Crews-Kitchens and Jean Crooke.
 

Patrick Young, left, of the Fort Stewart Public Information Office, provides a review of the military’s role in preserving and maintaining Glisson’s Store and family cemeteries located within the military reservation. Many of the residents attending last week’s gathering are seated in front of the store that was located next to the pond where Remer Glisson also operated a grist mill.
 
On Glisson’s Pond; Memories shared
during visit to once popular site in county


By Mickey Peace
Enterprise Publisher
mpeace@claxtonenterprise.com

Francis Smith brought a faded document representing the land transaction when his grandfather Henry C. Smith received $6300 for his property that was located in a part of Liberty County.
Wade Hodges displayed a framed map of the area that was acquired by the Department of Defense in the early 1940s for the creation of Camp Stewart, which would later become the sprawling Fort Stewart Military Reservation. The map lists every parcel of property, the amount of acreage in each, and the names of the owners.
Colleen Robinette, the only surviving daughter of Remer Glisson, the last Evans County property owner to leave his land when the military acquired some 20,000 acres for creating the training area, brought a heart filled with memories of her childhood and the sacrifice that her family made.
Before the military’s acquisition in support of the war effort during World War II, Glisson’s Mill Pond was a popular gathering spot for social functions, including family reunions and weddings. The grist mill provided an important service for families in the vicinity, grinding corn into meal, and Glisson’s Store offered a variety of goods needed to sustain those living in the area.
More than 100 people gathered last Thursday morning in front of Glisson’s Store for one of Evans County’s final events in observance of the centennial year. Representatives of the Cultural Resources Management department, the Fort Stewart Public Affairs office, and the Directorate of Public Works/Environmental Division at Ft. Stewart assisted with presentations and exhibits during the gathering.





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