Historic Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny SealsHistoric Rural Churches of Georgia by Sonny Seals

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

bySonny Seals, George HartForeword byJimmy Carter

Hardcover | September 1, 2016

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Aspects of Georgia’s unique history can only be told through its extant rural churches. As the Georgia backcountry rapidly expanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the churches erected on this newly parceled land became the center of community life. These early structures ranged from primitive outbuildings to those with more elaborate designs and were constructed with local, hand-hewn materials to serve the residents who lived nearby. From these rural communities sprang the villages, towns, counties, and cities that informed the way Georgia was organized and governed and that continue to influence the way we live today.

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia presents forty-seven early houses of worship from all areas of the state. Nearly three hundred stunning color photographs capture the simple elegance of these sanctuaries and their surrounding grounds and cemeteries. Of the historic churches that have survived, many are now in various states of distress and neglect and require restoration to ensure that they will continue to stand. This book is a project of the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia organization, whose mission is the preservation of historic rural churches across the state and the documentation of their history since their founding. If proper care is taken, these endangered and important landmarks can continue to represent the state’s earliest examples of rural sacred architecture and the communities and traditions they housed.

SONNY SEALS is a cofounder, with George S. Hart, of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, a nonprofit formed in 2013 with the purpose of researching and documenting some of Georgia’s most historic and architecturally significant rural churches. Historic Rural Churches of Georgia was awarded a 2016 National Society Daughters of the Americ...
Title:Historic Rural Churches of GeorgiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 2016Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820349356

ISBN - 13:9780820349350


Editorial Reviews

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia has a foreword by President Jimmy Carter, a preface by Seals and Hart telling why they did it and an informative introduction about early religion in Georgia by Mercer University historian John Thomas Scott. It also has some cool old maps of Georgia and excellent, evocative photography by a group of volunteers. . . . Erin Kirk New’s elegant design uses the large format well and enhances the plethora of pictures with just enough text of sufficient size to tell this multilayered story without keeping the congregation overlong. . . . This big, beautiful, informative book is well worth its price at $45 and is a fine gift for anybody interested in Georgia and how it came to be. - Pete McCommons - Flagpole