Photography courtesy of Mike McCall

Photography courtesy of Mike McCall


High Bluff Primitive Baptist   Circa 1819

This is another of the Wiregrass Primitive Baptist churches that permeated this part of South Georgia in the early 19th century.  This one has a bit of mystery attached to it in that it began on a “high bluff” of the Satilla River in 1819 but then relocated to a new location on Big Creek that was approximately 23 miles away in 1822.  The best theory seems to be that the relocation was due to a cholera epidemic.   The church name was changed to Big Creek during this time but then reverted to the original High Bluff name in 1878.  The very large cemetery beside the church is the final resting place for many of Brantley County’s most prominent citizens, including Lydia Stone, the ‘Queen of the Okefenokee’.

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  • A05 - High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church  Cemetery Brantley Co GA 5799 -1r800 (2)
  • A15 - High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church  Cemetery Brantley Co GA 5866 -1r800

7 Thoughts

  1. Jackie King · February 25, 2015 Reply

    My husband’s ancestors on the Lee side of his family are buried at High Bluff.

  2. Frank Lee · February 8, 2015 Reply

    High Bluff is still in existance. It is located in Hoboken Ga just a few miles east of Waycross GA.. Many of the Dowling Family members are buried in the High Bluff Church. Get in touch at the e-mail address above.
    Also High Bluff still meets on the second weekend of each month,

  3. Mary Beth Dowling · December 16, 2014 Reply

    Hello, I am a great great granddaughter of Lazarus and Mary Ann Guy Dowling. My great grandparents were Joel and Rhoda Crews Dowling. My immediate family and I are interested in visiting the church, visiting the historic Dowling Bridge named for Lazarus’ ferry, and finding out more about Lazarus’ and Mary Ann’s descendants who might still attend the church or be in the area. Do you have any knowledge of church members who are Lazarus’ descendants? Thank you.

    Mary Beth Dowling
    PO Box 78154
    Atlanta, GA 30357

  4. amy crimmins · October 29, 2014 Reply

    There is another church at the end of a dirt road there that use to be a school. It is Pierce Chapel.

  5. Kay Westberry · January 13, 2014 Reply

    Could you give us a better location so we can visit these historic sites?

    • churchadmin · January 14, 2014 Reply

      See my answer to Benny below regarding mapping. Just bear with us. We will get there and thank you for your interest.