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Near Girard in Screven County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

1827 Bethel United Methodist Church

(Brick Church)

 
 
1827 Bethel United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 16, 2005
1. 1827 Bethel United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. In 1792 Bishop Francis Asbury on his yearly visit to Methodist Societies and Churches in Georgia held services while staying with the Lovetts, owners of Burton Ferry Landing, Savannah River. In 1811 Bishop Asbury stopped with “David Lovett, Scriven Co., preaching on Monday and Wednesday.” Robert Watkins Lovett is the first member recorded, 1825. Rev. Peyton L. Wade, a Methodist minister, gave the land and this “brick church” was built in 1827.

“Brick Church”, with a parsonage near, headed the Bethel Circuit (1858-1897). Since 1897 Bethel has been on the Girard Circuit and is Screven County`s oldest continuing Methodist Church.
 
Erected 1977 by South Georgia Conference Commission on Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 32° 57.916′ N, 81° 32.541′ W. Marker is near Girard, Georgia, in Screven County. Marker is at the intersection of Oglethorpe Trail and an unnamed plantation road, on the left when traveling north on Oglethorpe Trail. Click for map. Marker is at the church, approximately two miles northwest of US 301. Marker is in this post office area: Girard GA 30426, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bethel Brick United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Cheryl P Hopkins, circa June 2011
2. Bethel Brick United Methodist Church
erected in 1827 (original building did not have the front porch or the handicap ramp)
At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brick (Bethel) Church (here, next to this marker); Burton's Ferry (approx. 2.6 miles away); Paris' Mill (approx. 6.6 miles away); British Army Crossing (approx. 6.6 miles away); Concord Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away in South Carolina); Antioch Christian Church (approx. 7.4 miles away in South Carolina); Speedwell Methodist Church (approx. 8.2 miles away in South Carolina); Jacksonboro (approx. 10.6 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. church name
The correct name of the church is Brick Church or Bethel Brick Church. It is called by either name within the community. The Church has never been closed. It is the oldest continuous Methodist Church in Screven County and is located at 1259 Oglethorpe Trail, 2 miles off US Hwy 301N, 1 mile south of the Savannah River.

The Church is located on land given by Rev Peyton Wade in 1827. The Wade Plantation along with adjoining Millhaven Plantation comprise the largest plantation tract operating as a single unit east of the Mississippi River.

I (Rev Kitty Newton) have served Brick Church as pastor for the past three years.
    — Submitted July 10, 2012, by Rev Kitty Newton of Sylvania, Georgia.

 
Categories. Antebellum South, USChurches, Etc.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,048 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on , by Rev Kitty Newton of Sylvania, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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