Tag Archives: Churches of McIntosh County

Smallest Church in America, McIntosh County

Built in 1949 by Agnes Harper and deeded to Christ, the Smallest Church in America has been a place of refuge for thousands who have traveled US17 over the years. While it isn’t actually the smallest church in America, it’s among the smallest. Such roadside chapels are scattered all over the country. It was lost to arson on 28 November 2015 but a reconstruction effort was in place immediately with contributions of money and materials pouring in from all over the world.

I made the first four photographs of the tiny 190-square-foot before the fire.

Visitors often leave prayers and messages to loved ones who have passed.

The following photos detail the reconstruction of the church, which reopened on 8 April 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First African Baptist Church at Raccoon Bluff, Circa 1900, Sapelo Island

Established by freedmen on Sapelo Island the year after the Civil War ended, the congregation at Raccoon Bluff built the present structure from lumber that washed ashore after the hurricane of 1898. Abandoned from 1968 until 2000, it was restored through efforts of the Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society, the state of Georgia, and student from the Savannah College of Art & Design. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and its restoration represents one of the most significant efforts to preserve African-American history in Georgia, more importantly a tangible link to the Geechee-Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. The congregation moved into its current home, in Hog Hammock, during the 1960s.

National Register of Historic Places

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St. Luke Baptist Church, Circa 1884, Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

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First African Baptist Church, 1968, Hog Hammock

Hog Hammock Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

This congregation was established at Raccoon Bluff in 1866; the present structure dates to 1968.

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First African Baptist Church, 1868, Darien

The most historic African-American congregation in Darien, and perhaps the entire central part of the Georgia coast, Darien’s First African Baptist was founded in 1822. The present design is based on the design of the church built in 1834, which like much of Darien, was burned by Union troops in 1863. This was not related to General W. T. Sherman’s March to the Sea, as some would assume.

 

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Crescent Baptist Church

 

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Friendship Baptist Church, Harris Neck

This congregation dates to 1895.

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