Richland Baptist Church, 1845, Twiggs County

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Richland Baptist Church was constituted October 5, 1811, with 4 male and 8 female members. The first pastor was Rev. Micajah Fulghum. In June 1861 the ladies of this church made and presented a Confederate flag to the Twiggs Guard. Mrs. Isolene Minter Wimberley made the presentation to Sgt. Warren, color bearer of Co. I, 6th Georgia Regiment. During the war the ladies gathered in the church to prepare first aid kits. Doors of the church closed for regular services in 1911. The Richland Restoration League, Inc., was formed in 1928 to preserve this “Landmark of Christianity”.

Text of the Georgia Historical Commission Historic Marker

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Shutter Windows Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013____________________________________

Historic Richland Church is truly a landmark, both in terms of Christianity in Georgia and as an architectural gem, built between 1843-45. It’s the southernmost inland church I’ve found containing a slave gallery in Georgia, though there could be others; there are quite a few near the coast. This speaks to the dominance of agriculture as well as the social structure of the region in the years before the Civil War.  Except for the slave gallery, it’s very similar in style to Mount Zion Presbyterian Church in Hancock County. Apparently, its builder also constructed some of Twiggs County’s historic plantation houses, a few of which are still standing today. Luckily, the Richland Restoration League which oversees the site today, is very active and keeps a watchful eye over the place. Vandalism in recent years has lead to more diligence, including regular law enforcement patrols, but that is unfortunately a problem for many such historic places. I’ve never been able to understand why anyone would disturb a place of worship. I’d like to thank Billy Humphries, a trustee of the church, for allowing me to publish these images. He has a real passion for its history and has been very helpful!

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Architecture Pulpit Altar Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Pulpit Chandeliers Pews Divided Genders Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Altar Pews Interior Picture Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Richland Baptist Church Twiggs County GA Historic Landmark Greek Revival Antebellum Architecture Slave Gallery Shutter Chandeliers Pews Divided Genders Image Photograph Copyright © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

The church is not open to the public though it is still used by descendants for homecoming and other services. For more information, please visit Historic Richland Church at this link:

http://www.historicrichlandchurch.org/

And if you like old churches as much as I do, visit my friends at Historic Rural Churches of Georgia:

http://hrcga.org/

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8 responses to “Richland Baptist Church, 1845, Twiggs County

  1. jennifer sanders stubbs

    If anyone can help, my grandmother was a slave on the old richland plantation and I’m just trying to find out some history. She had a son named john w Sanders, a daughter named Lilly mae Sanders (Hughes ). Any information would be appreciated!!!!

  2. Brian,

    What a treasure. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the shoutout on http://www.hrcga.org. We are looking forward to documenting this one.

  3. This a stunning building, inside and out. It would seem that the preservationists could generate some revenue by renting it for weddings. It would be such a perfect setting. I love old churches and am so happy you allowed me to “visit” this one. The work you do is so appreciated.

  4. Peggy Anderson

    I am so happy to see that you were able to photograph the interior as well as the outside of this grand old church. I had the privilege of being inside at a homecoming a few years ago–visiting with a friend whose family are decendants. These photographs are really magnificient. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Ben Dooley

    Thanks Brian for posting these pictures of this great old building seen in the background of you earlier cemetery post. Beautiful!

  6. Sandra L Griffin

    I believe there is a church with slave gallery located in Dixie, GA between Boston and Quitman. In Brooks County. It was there 30 years ago and at the time being cared for.

  7. Victor McGough

    Did Sherman’s march to the sea get to this area? Victor McGough Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:52:28 +0000 To: amcvick@msn.com

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