A grand rededication of the restored 1825 Hopeful Church building and grounds at Hwy. 92 North and New Hope Road north of Fayetteville has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m.
In the meantime, volunteer Dean Breest says there’s still plenty of work to be done around the church, and, while volunteers are welcomed pretty much any day of the week, Saturdays are the biggest work days. Only two more of those Saturdays remain between now and the rededication, and those interested in lending a hand can either just show up or call Breest at 404-915-1414 for more information.
Also in the meantime, The Art of Landscaping on Hwy. 85 in South Fayetteville is offering a limited number of Yates apple trees to anyone donating $100 or more to Hopeful 1825 Restoration, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning donations are also tax deductible. According to owner Robbie Martin, 50 of the trees were specially ordered and planted and are being nurtured for this fundraiser.
According to Breest, the donor contributing the most money through the Yates apple tree fundraiser will also receive a hand-made bench built from a tree from the Hopeful Church property.
The Yates apple tree, which is said to produce an apple ideal for making cider, is perhaps the most significant tree to Fayette County history because it was developed in Fayette County by Matthew Yates (1801-1880), who happens to also be buried in the Hopeful Church cemetery, which was also spruced up over the last several months as part of the overall restoration project.
Matthew Yates is the great-grandfather of State Representative John Yates (R-Griffin), who, at the age of 93, is the oldest member and last surviving World War II veteran in the Georgia General Assembly. His district includes much of southern Fayette County.
Learn more about the Hopeful Church restoration project at www.Facebook.com/Hopeful1825.