Hopeful Baptist Church, 1855, Burke County

Historic Hopeful Baptist Church Burke County GA Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s thought that this church was built by David Demarest, the architect of Old Mercer Chapel in Penfield and the Greene County Courthouse in Greensboro. It certainly harkens to his mastery of Greek Revival architecture. The congregation of Hopeful Baptist dates to 1815, when a church was organized on the lands of Alexander Carswell’s plantation. Three smaller less formal churches predate this structure. The pulpit is at the entrance to the church, in contrast to the layout of most houses of worship. A member told me that this was to insure that every congregant would interact with the preacher. A small section at the rear was used as seating for slaves.

Historic Hopeful Baptist Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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4 responses to “Hopeful Baptist Church, 1855, Burke County

  1. Timothy O. Davis

    My family lived here in the early to mid 19th century and attended this church. Some migrated to Wilkinson County, but the larger group moved to what was then known as East Baker County in Southwest Georgia. In 1857, this became Mitchell County. These family members helped found a church , near the Flint River, and brought the name “Hopeful” with them, first for the church, and later for the community. You have some great pictures of Hopeful in your Mitchell County photos.

  2. Dale E. Reddick

    I’ve driven by this particular church too many times to count. It is particularly strange that Google Maps places the church in the ZIP code of Blythe which is mostly situated in Richmond County). I grew up in Blythe, and this church is closer to both Keysville and Waynesboro (both in Burke County), I believe. There ain’t nothing like knowing the local lay of the land, to my own particular reckonin’, methinks.

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