Clark’s Chapel M. E. Church, 1847, Burke County

Historic Clarks Chapel M E Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is one of the best maintained and neatest little country churches I’ve ever seen in Georgia. It was built by Charles Clark as a plantation church to serve the spiritual needs of his large family. He was married twice and had 25 children. The Methodist Episcopal affiliation came in 1878, as the family spread out and left the plantation, but they resumed care for it in the late 1970s, after membership dwindled.

Historic Clarks Chapel ME Church Front Porch Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Charles Clark came to Savannah from Westfield, New Jersey in 1802 and married his first wife, Eleanor Carswell, there. As his interests in agriculture grew, they acquired plantation lands in Burke County and resettled here. Upon Eleanor’s death in 1826, Clark married Sarah Murphey. A memorial outside the church reads: In Memory of Charles Clark (Jan. 30, 1782 – Feb. 2, 1852) Who in 1847 built Clark’s Chapel Church upon these rocks. He now lies buried in the family cemetery 1 1/2 miles away.

Clarks Chapel M E Church Charles Clark Memorial Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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One response to “Clark’s Chapel M. E. Church, 1847, Burke County

  1. Wendell Theus

    Hi Brian, Now that’s a grave site. Boulders add real appeal & accent the permanency of death & yet demonstrate the true force of life!!
    Great photos-Great work. Thanks

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