Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Raybon

historic oak grove primitive baptist church raybon ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

The cemetery at Oak Grove would suggest that this congregation is a bit younger than other Hardshell churches in the area. The earliest headstones date to the turn of the last century.

historic oak grove primitive baptist raybon ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

The architecture is the board-and-batten vernacular style emblematic of the Crawfordite meeting houses.

historic oak grove primitive baptist church raybon ga elevation photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

The beautiful interior is smaller than most but equally awe-inspiring.

historic oak grove primitive baptist church raybon ga interior photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

The pulpit, or “the stand’ as it’s known by these congregations, is always oriented at the side of the meeting house.

historic oak grove primitive baptist church raybon ga pulpit stand photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

An infant burial of 1901 is the earliest I could located in the cemetery, but there are many Brantley county pioneer families represented here.

historic oak grove primitive baptist cemetery raybon ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013

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  1. Ben Dooley

    Thanks for all these “Hardshell” church pics Brian. I was never aware of any rural Primitive Baptist Churches until you began to put them on line a few weeks ago. It is amazing at how much alike all these great old buildings are. I wonder if anyone might have any knowledge why they are all so similar or perhaps whether there was a “Master Builder” or two traveling around erecting these buildings in the same way there was for many of our old covered bridges.

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