Hopeulikit can be found in Bulloch County,
about seven miles northwest of Statesboro,
and 74 miles south of Augusta, Georgia.
Throughout much of the twentieth century,
John Paul and Beatrice Ellis were central
figures in Hopeulikit. They owned hundreds
of acres in and around the town, ran a farm
as well as the local grocery store and
meat market. Like the local dance hall that
gave this town its interesting name, those
businesses have also disappeared from the
local landscape, but the influence of the
Ellis family continues to be felt. John
Paul Ellis was instrumental in getting a
four-lane highway built to the town and
also served as a Bulloch County commissioner
for many years. In recognition of his
contributions to the area, a section of US 80/SR 26
was named the John Paul Ellis Highway.
Bulloch County, Georgia was named in honor
of statesman Archibald Bulloch (1730-1777).
Bulloch served in the Continental Congress
as America was preparing to declare its
independence from Britain and later served
as the first Governor of Georgia.
Origin of its unusual name
This tiny community was named after an
area dance hall that was located just
off Highway 80. The popular venue is long
gone, but in its heyday during the big
band/swing era, it attracted audiences
and bands from far and wide.
Nearby cities and towns include, Portal
(5 miles west-northwest), Statesboro, Rocky
Ford, Brooklet, Pulaski, Register, Butts,
Twin City and Metter.
Recreational opportunities in the area
Canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, and
hiking are just a few of the many outdoor
recreational opportunities in the vicinity.
Over the years, points of interest in the region have included: * The Ogeechee River * Georgia Southern University * Georgia Southern Museum * The George L. Smith II State Park * Georgia Southern Botanical Garden * The Performing Arts Center in Statesboro * The Center for Wildlife Education and The
Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center at GSU
NOTE: Hopeulikit, Georgia is occasionally misspelled
"Hopeulikeit" or "Hopulikit."
U.S. map showing the location of Hopeulikit, Georgia
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