Burnt Church Cemetery - Richmond Hill, GA
Posted by: Lat34North
N 31° 52.728 W 081° 15.695
17R E 475259 N 3527031
Quick Description: The original church accidentally burned in 1882 and a new edifice was built in 1885 several miles east, near Keller. Located at the cemetery on Bryan Neck Rd. (GA 144), Richmond Hill, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 12:55:05 PM
Waymark Code: WME359
Approximately 800 to 1,000 headstones. There were four small sections of white fencing in the middle of the cemetery. My guess is that they mark the original corners of the old church. There were graves on both sides of the area that appears to be where the original church stood.
From the historic marker at the cemetery:
Burnt Church Cemetery
Near this site in 1830 the Brian Neck Presbyterian Church was established, being the oldest organized congregation in Bryan County. The church served the numerous plantar families of lower Bryan, which had become one of the most productive agricultural sections of the South Atlantic coast. The Church burial ground was adjacent to the wood frame sanctuary. On these grounds are interred members of some of Bryan County's most prominent early families, including those of Clay, McAllister and Maxwell. The original church accidentally burned in 1882 and a new edifice was built in 1885 several miles east, near Keller.
Coastal Bryan Heritage Trail
The newer Brian Neck Presbyterian Church is on Belfast Keller Rd at N 31° 50.520 W 081° 15.674. See: WM5QHW