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Near Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Phillips Mills Baptist Church

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
1. Phillips Mills Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. On June 10th, 1785, 16 members met in a mill on this site owned by Joel Phillips, a Revolutionary soldier, and organized Phillips Mills Baptist Church. The Rev. Silas Mercer, leader of the group, became the first pastor of the church, and served in that capacity for 11 years. His son, Jesse Mercer, was received into the church on July 7, 1787, at the age of eighteen. Later he was ordained to the ministry in the old church, and followed his father as its pastor, serving this church for thirty-seven years.

The present edifice is the second to be built on the site, which was donated to the church by Joel Phillips. Since its organization, many important conferences have been held in Phillips Mills Church, and young men whose names are now famous in the ministry have preached their first sermons here.
 
Erected 1958 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 157-23.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 40.088′ N, 82° 52.976′ W. Marker is near Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of Greensboro Road (Georgia Route 44) and Rocker Road (County Route 50), on the right when
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
2. Phillips Mills Baptist Church Marker
Looking east on Georgia Highway 44, toward Washington
traveling west on Greensboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Kettle Creek (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Kettle Creek (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kettle Creek Battlefield (approx. 1.6 miles away); Kettle Creek Battleground (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Chivers Plantation and Store (approx. 4.9 miles away); Birthplace of Alexander Hamilton Stephens (approx. 6 miles away); Bethesda Baptist Church (approx. 7.4 miles away); Liberty-Salem-Woodstock-Philomath (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USChurches, Etc.
 
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
3. Phillips Mills Baptist Church
Millstones are original from Joel Phillips' grist mill and were imported from the Paris Basin in Europe.
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By David Seibert, November 15, 2009
4. Phillips Mills Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 14, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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