St. Marys First Presbyterian Church by Kathy K. McClellan is a photographic image taken in St. Marys, Georgia (USA).
The church in this photograph was built in 1808. It is the second oldest church in the state of Georgia and the states oldest building in continuous use as a church. The first pastor was ordained and installed in June 1822.
On December 20, 1828, the church was incorporated under the name of the Independent Presbyterian Church of St. Marys.
On December 5, 1832, The Independent Church was incorporated as the First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys in the Georgia Presbytery.
A photograph inside the building shows a flat front to the church with the stairs angled down to the left side. A plaque on the photograph states that the picture was taken prior to 1898. A little research found that the photograph was actually showing a back entrance to a gallery for the enslaved.
In December 1956, a fire destroyed the original east side entrance. The church was restored with wood as old as the original church and rededicated within a few months of the fire.
Today The First Presbyterian Church of St. Marys, Georgia is admired both for it's architecture and it's members' determination and faith to preserve the building for future parishioners.
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