Tag Archives: Churches of Chatham County

Christ Church, 1838, Savannah

Christ Church is known as the “Mother Church of Georgia”, as it was the first church established with the founding of the colony in 1733. John Wesley was the rector from 1736-1737; during that time he published one of the first English hymnals in the colonies and established the first Sunday school. George Whitefield, the next rector, was reponsible for establishing the Bethesda Orphan House & Academy, now known as Bethesda Academy, the oldest home and school for boys in the United States.

The present structure is the third building to occupy the site and was built by James Hamilton Couper in 1838. A bell cast by Revere and Son of Boston in 1819 is still in use in the church today. Famous members include Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and songrwiter Johnny Mercer.

Savannah Historic District, National Historic Landmark


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Isle of Hope Union Baptist Church, 1941, Sandfly

Isle of Hope Union Baptist Church Sandfly GA Savannah Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2016

This historic congregation was organized on 23 June 1873 by Lucius Houston, John Simmons and the Reverend Quives Frazier.  The present structure was rebuilt to replace the original meeting house in 1941.  Reverend Collins Tilson was pastor at the time; Jacob Golden, Frank Elliott, Israel Elliott, Isaac Golden, and Norman Thomas were deacons. The cornerstone was placed in the Masonic tradition.

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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 1876, Savannah

The first Catholic congregation was established in Savannah in the late 1700s by Haitian and French expatriates seeking refuge from religious persecution in their native lands. The present structure was built between 1873-1876. The spires were added in 1896 and in 1898 a fire devastated the cathedral, which was completely renovated by 1912. St. John the Baptist has seen many changes and renovations throughout its long history, but remains the heart of an active diocese.

National Register of Historic Places



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