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Near Lavonia in Franklin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Poplar Springs Baptist Church

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By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
1. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1805, Poplar Springs Baptist Church, "Mother Church" of the Tugalo Baptist Assn., began in May of that year. Some of the first members were Joseph Chandler, Thomas Wilkins, John Nail, John Mullins, and James Jackson. John Cleveland, Thomas Gilbert, Francis Calloway, Jr., were early pastors. Many landowners and slaves were members. The slave cemetery is to the right of the church on the Yow estate. On Sept. 12, 1818, delegates from 13 churches met here to form the Tugalo Baptist Assn. of the Southern Baptist Convention. The present auditorium was erected in 1873. The educational building was built in 1955.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 059-8.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 34° 30.35′ N, 83° 6.649′ W. Marker is near Lavonia, Georgia, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Gum Log Road (Georgia Route
Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
2. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker
328) and Poplar Springs Church Road, on the left when traveling west on Gum Log Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67 Poplar Springs Church Road, Lavonia GA 30553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Red Hollow Road (approx. 4˝ miles away); Vandiver Bridge (approx. 4.9 miles away in South Carolina); Shoal Creek (approx. 6.3 miles away); Tugalo Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 6.6 miles away); Capt. Samuel Earle (approx. 8 miles away in South Carolina); Stephens County High School (approx. 8.2 miles away); Center Methodist Church (approx. 8.7 miles away in South Carolina); Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Monument (approx. 8.8 miles away in South Carolina).
 
Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
3. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker
Looking west on Gum Log Road (Georgia Highway 328) toward the town of Avalon.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
4. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker
The new Poplar Springs Baptist Church is in the background.
Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
5. Poplar Springs Baptist Church Marker
The marker with the old (1873) church building behind it, and the cemetery to the right.
The Old Poplar Springs Baptist Church Building image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
6. The Old Poplar Springs Baptist Church Building
Built in 1873
The New Poplar Springs Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 22, 2012
7. The New Poplar Springs Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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