SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – As part of Newton County’s bicentennial celebration, the Newton County Historical Society will open its historic Brickstore to the public for two days, October 23-24.
Brickstore is located at 12901 Highway 278, approximately 400 meters east of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Parking is available in the car park next to Brickstore.
Built in 1819, Brickstore was the first brick building built in Newton County, said Gene Gaillard of the Newton County Historical Society.
Built by Soloman Graves and his two sons, who had recently settled in Walton County from Caswell County, North Carolina, it was first used as a residence by Martin Kolb.
The Graves residence in Yanceyville, North Carolina, is still standing, Gaillard said.
Taking advantage of the building’s location, Kolb operated it as a stagecoach stop on the routes between Charleston, South Carolina and New Orleans and Ruckerville and Milledgeville, Georgia. Passengers could buy modest meals and snacks there and stay overnight for a small fee.
Brickstore briefly served as the seat of government for the newly formed Newton County, before it was moved to the more central Covington.
Over time, the building has played many roles in the community, serving as a post office, general store, school, lending library and residence for tenants, Gaillard said.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.