Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Chuch, Bachlott

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This church was founded in 1842 and joined the Alabaha Association (Crawfordite) in 1905. They joined the Satilla River Association in 1969. The congregation disbanded in 1991. I’m not sure when the present structure was built.

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Below is a good representation of the old-style shuttered windows.

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The interiors of all of the Hardshell churches are beautiful testaments to faith and good carpentry.

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Bethlehem Cemetery is large and well-maintained, as are all of the Hardshell cemeteries, but is unique in that it contains a pair of grave houses, a real rarity in South Georgia.

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Adult Grave House

historic bethlehem primitive baptist cemeterey childs grave house brantley county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

Child’s Grave House

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Note the gopher hole at the edge of this lot. Gopher holes are a sure sign of rattlesnakes, too.

For cemetery and genealogical information:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gabrantl/cemlistbethlehem-1.html

Some references list this church’s address as Bethlehem Road in Hickox, but if you attempt to take that road from U. S. Highway 301, you will find an overgrown field road that leads to an inaccessible bridge. Since I had to access it from Bachlott, and due to the fact that it’s closer to that settlement, I listed Bachlott as its location.

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5 responses to “Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Chuch, Bachlott

  1. First “grave houses” I’ve ever seen. Is this a local or family tradition?

    Brian, do you remember the time frame of the burials?

  2. frank jacobs

    thank you for shareing,i rember as a boy going to bethelem at yearly meeting time with my parents, as well as to most all of the primitive baptist churches through out the alabaha association. it would be great if some how all the abondoned houses could be preserve. especillay symerna it has a lot of history.

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