About Us

History

Founding

Twenty Five years ago, a group of concerned people of our organization decided to create The Town Planters Society of Freeport to give everyone who is interested, the opportunity to help those in need. Helping the community grew to become a permanent part of the lives of our members. They first started meeting in individual homes, and after a time moved to a meeting space at the old City Hall and then to the Freeport Community Center, now we meet  at The Blount House located on Kylea Laird Drive behind the old post office.

James Alexander Blount and his wife Rebecca Virginia (Garrett) Blount, purchased the original "Blount House" on Eucheeanna Road (Freeport's first public thoroughfare) from R.E. I.Mackaskill in December 1911. It became the center of a working 13 acre farm surrounded by a barn, and a stable with horse and cow lots, a chicken house and chicken yard, a pig pen, a corn crib , a pea crib , a smokehouse, a washhouse, a "car" house, a "privy" and a small house for use by the hired help. When James Alexander Blount died, his youngest son Louis Needham (Louie) purchased the house from the estate...and it continued to be called the "Blount House" until after the death of Louie Blount in 1962. His widow, Margaret Milbra Staffort Blount Patterson passed in 2005. In 2002 the Blount House was offered to the Town Planters by a developer. It was moved to a lot belonging to the city and in the process it was irreversibly damaged. In cooperation with the city it was rebuilt therefore becoming the home of "The Town Palanters Society".