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Historic barbershop settles into final home

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POSTED: June 2, 2011 8:00 a.m.
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The historic Baily Carpenter Barbershop is lowered last week onto what will likely be its last home. The Richmond Hill Historical Society, with the help of many volunteers and sponsors, relocated the building to its new space next to the Richmond Hill History Museum on Hwy. 144. (Provided)

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If there is one thing I have learned since moving to Bryan County it is how often stationary frame buildings tend to travel around Bryan Neck.

It is not uncommon to hear someone say, “Oh, that building was originally up on 17 and then we moved it to Oak Level, now it is temporarily sitting on site at Belfast and maybe we could use it up on the 144 Spur.”

Either we Bryan County folk love to cling to our history by preserving our buildings, or we are spend thrifts and figure why build a new building when we already have a perfectly good one we can throw onto the back of a flat bed truck and transport.

For the past two years. The Richmond Hill Historical Society has talked, planned and finally completed the project of moving the Bailey Carpenter Barbershop building to the Richmond Hill Historical Museum campus. It has taken a community of local folk to help us complete the move.

The society volunteers Paula Scott, Art McCauley, Ron Burns, the generous benefactors who lent us their cranes, trucks and employees, as well as Coastal EMC, Richmond Hill City Council, Mayor Harold Fowler, Magnolia Manor on the Coast, the

Richmond Hill Police Department and many, many more have helped us complete our goal through donations of time, money and sweat equity.

To all of you, the Richmond Hill Historical Society would like to say “thank you.” We could not have done it with out your help.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June 1 edition of the News.

 

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