Tag Archives: Churches of Burke County GA

First Presbyterian Church, 1884, Waynesboro

Dating to the colonial era, the First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro was founded in 1760 with the establishment of a church on Briar Creek (Episcopalian) and another on Walnut Branch.  The present church grew out of the union of these two churches in 1812. The present structure, the third to serve the congregation on this site, was dedicated in 1884.

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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Mt. Zion C. M. E. Church, Shell Bluff

 

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St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1895, Waynesboro

The congregation was founded in 1889 and the church built in 1895.

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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

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Abandoned Church, Gough

Gough GA Historic Abandoned Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This old vernacular church. likely from the turn of the last century, is located on private property but can be seen from the road.

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St. Clair Missionary Baptist Church, Burke County

St. Clair Missionary Baptist Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Like many older African-American congregations, St. Clair Missionary Baptist utilizes a new church building but retains an older facility on the property (below). Note the baptismal pool to the right.

St. Clair GA Burke County Missionary Baptist Church Social Hall Old Church Baptismal Pool Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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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

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