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Taliaferro County Historical Markers

Crawfordville Baptist Church


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Crawfordville Baptist Church
  • Location: Opposite Liberty Hall in Crawfordville

CRAWFORDVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH

This, the first Protestant Church in the Taliaferro area and originally called Bethel, was established in 1802 by Rev. Jesse Mercer and Rev. James Matthews on land given by William Janes, one of Georgia’s largest planters. The first pastor was Rev. James Robertson; first deacons were John Walker and Etheldred Wilder. Known widely for its liberality, this church granted the use of its building to other denominations while their churches were being organized. Many fiery political speeches have been made in the church building. The present structure was erected in 1889.

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GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION

1956