Bark Camp Baptist Church, 1848, Burke County

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

Bark Camp Baptist, the 7th oldest Baptist church in Georgia, sprang from one of the oldest communities in Burke County. Bark Camp was named for the lean-to housing built by early cattlemen. The congregation was established around 1788, and the first of three structures preceding this one was built soon thereafter. The present church is a vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival and wonderfully executed.

Bark Camp Baptist Church Burke County GA Landmark Sign Open to All Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

When you approach this historic building, you’ll notice this sign. In a time when churches are kept locked, it’s so refreshing to see that the stewards of this wonderful place want to share it with others.

Historic Bark Camp Baptist Church Burke County GA Interior View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Once inside, you can’t help but be drawn into its history.

Historic Bark Camp Baptist Church Burke County GA Interior View Pulpit Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A plaque placed by Jerry A. Maddox in 2005 notes that the prominent Methodist missionary, Dr. John Young Allen (below), preached here on 30 June 1878. A Burke County native, Dr. Allen served as missionary to China from 1860-1907, was a President of the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai, founded a home and school for girls, and founded and published Review of the Times (Wanguo Bangbao), the most influential Chinese periodical of the 19th century.

Dr John Young Allen Methodist Missionary to China Memorialized at Bark Camp Baptist Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many Burke County pioneers are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church.

Historic Bark Camp Baptist Church Cemetery Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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