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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