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Darien in McIntosh County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Darien Presbyterian Church

Darien Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, August 2008
1. Darien Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Darien was the Cradle of Presbyterianism in Georgia, as the first Presbyterian Church in the colony was established by Scottish Highlanders who settled this town in January, 1736. The Scots brought with them their minister, the Rev. John McLeod, of the Isle of Skye. Immediately upon their arrival at what is now Lower Bluff, one mile East of this site, they built a Chapel for Divine Worship, and there the Rev. John McLeod preached during his ministry in Darien.

Later, the Meeting House was built about eight miles North of Darien on the Savannah road, to serve the people of St. Andrew`s Parish, at that time almost entirely Presbyterian.

In 1808 the First Presbyterian Church of Darien received its charter, and a building was erected near the center of the town. This was later burned and for a time services were held in another building in the vicinity.

A place of worship, built on this site and dedicated in January of 1876, was later destroyed by fire. the present edifice was constructed in 1900.
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 095-28.)
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1736.
Location. 31° 22.303′ N, 81° 26.171′ W. Marker is in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County. Marker is at the intersection of 3rd Street and Jackson Street on 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 3rd St W, Darien GA 31305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Inverness (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); McIntosh County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Oglethorpe Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Oglethorpe Oak (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Burning of Darien (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort King George (approx. ¼ mile away); Darien's Railroad and Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Methodists at Darien (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Darien.
Regarding Darien Presbyterian Church. The First Presbyterian Church of Darien is considered to be the first congregation of the Presbyterian denomination to be established in Georgia. The Darien church was founded in January 1736 by Scottish Highlanders from Inverness,
Darien Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Darien Presbyterian Church
Scotland, only three years after the Georgia colony was established at Savannah by James Edward Oglethorpe.

The Rev. John McLeod of Scotland was the first pastor of the Darien church, which prospered during the colonial era in the formative years of the town and colony.

The Darien Presbyterian Church was re-organized in 1809 with the constitution of the present permanent church and congregation. In 1820, the church constructed a permanent edifice on the east side of the present Highway 17 near the later county jail site. The two most prominent antebellum pastors of the Darien Presbyterian Church were Nathaniel A. Pratt (1826-1840), who later was one of the founders of the town of Roswell in north Georgia, and Francis R. Goulding (1856-1862) who wrote the well-known novel "The Young Marooners" among other popular works of fiction during the period. The antebellum church structure served the congregation until 1863 when Darien was burned by Union forces during a raid on the town by troops stationed on nearby St. Simons Island. The church site was later given to the First African Baptist Church whose congregation built their present church in 1868.

A new wooden Presbyterian church was built in 1876 on the site of the present church on a plot owned by the congregation since the 1820s (Bayard Square). An accidental fire destroyed the building in 1899, although
Darien Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Darien Presbyterian Church
church records (dating back to 1820) and the pulpit furniture were saved. A new tabby Gothic-Victorian church edifice, the present structure, was built and consecrated to the glory of God on September 2, 1900. In 2000, the Darien congregation held special observances in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the building.

(Source: PC Darien History.doc)
Also see . . .  First Presbyterian Church History. (Submitted on September 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,094 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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