|Good Hope, Georgia|
Location in Walton County and the state of Georgia
Good Hope is located at (33.786925, -83.609638).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) of it is land and 0.56% is water.
How did Good Hope get its name? According to a couple of old timers, brothers Euler B. Thompson (1909–2005) and Branan G. Thompson (1912–2006), Good Hope has a rich history dating back over 200 years with a couple of different versions of its origination. One version according to Branan Thompson, had to do with the simple meaning, "Good Hope" - in times of the depression the people stood together in hope of good times to come. They had GOOD HOPE.
The more humorous version, according to Euler B. Thompson, has a bit more folklore attached. In the early days of northeastern Georgia, the nearby town of Social Circle stood as a place of social gathering for merriment including the consumption of whiskey and moonshine along with music and dancing. It was common to be sitting down at the Good Hope General Store, when passers-by on horse drawn buggy coming from the young prohibition college town of Athens, on their way to Social Circle would stop in the little town to rest. When asked about their optimism to reach the town of Social Circle, the travelers would frequently reply, " We have GOOD HOPE."