Near Sardis in Burke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Original Site Sardis Baptist Church
Dismantled 1940 and material used in erecting pastorium in Sardis.
Originally Beech Branch Meeting House constituted in 1803.
Location. 32° 58.633′ N, 81° 46.498′ W. Marker is near Sardis, Georgia, in Burke County. Marker is on Old Sardis Road west of Cemetery Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sardis GA 30456, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sardis Baptist Church (approx. one mile away); Old Quaker Road (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sherman's Left Wing (approx. 6.7 miles away); British Army Crossing (approx. 7.9 miles away); Paris' Mill (approx. 7.9 miles away); Botsford Church - 1773 (approx. 10.2 miles away); The 14th Corps at Lumpkin's Station (approx. 11 miles away); Old Buckhead Church (approx. 12 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sardis.
Regarding Original Site Sardis Baptist Church. On the evening of September 28, 1803 thirteen believers met at one of the homes of the Beech Branch community for the purpose of forming a charter under the leadership of the Rev. Henry Hand and John Ross. The nine men and four women,
Under the inaugural leadership of Rev. Hand, the official membership grew to forty members by the close of 1804. In December of 1808 a committee was appointed to "find a place on which to build a new meeting house somewhere near Boggy Gut Creek." Two months later a ten acre lot of land had been chosen "on the Savannah road near Squire Sapp's," and by March of 1810 a conference was held in the nearly completed building. At the conference, it was decided that the church should be called Sardis.
Slave masters and their slaves both attended this church and in 1867 it was decided that the church would split racially. The white members remained in the church named Sardis and the African American members started their own church known by the original name, Beech Branch. This church is still active today on Highway 24 just outside Sardis, GA.
About two miles from Sardis Baptist Church lay a small crossroads community known as "Frog Wallow." The period around the turn of the century saw the further development of the Frog Wallow community, and its eventual renaming as Sardis, after the nearby Baptist church.
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