Save Hickory Flat Store
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Updated 6/14/2018 - The Cherokee County Historical Society is disappointed that the Hickory Flat store building could not be saved and was demolished by its owner, Glenridge HF I LLC. We had no legal course of action to prevent the demolition, but rallied public support to show the owners how important the historic landmark was to the community. We appreciate everyone who shared their stories, signed or shared the petition. We encourage you to continue to advocate for Cherokee County’s historic resources and to stay involved in your community. The Historical Society will continue to campaign for stronger measures to protect the historic landmarks that define our county.
Hickory Flat is one of the oldest communities in Cherokee County and in recent years has experienced tremendous growth. As a result, most of the historic buildings in the community have been lost. Hickory Flat Store and Masonic Hall was one of the last remaining historic buildings that once supported a thriving farm community. This former store, gas station and Masonic Hall was built in 1950 on the intersection of Hwy 140 and Cherokee Drive. The store was owned by the Quarles family, who had a home across the street, and it was run by Jim and Myrtie Pinyan and Laurence Turner, among others. Originally the second floor of the store was used as a Masonic Hall and the Hickory Flat Masons installed the cornerstone when it was built. This brick building replaced an earlier wood structure that stood on one the four corners that was the epicenter of historic Hickory Flat.
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