1Antioch Baptist Church 2

Antioch Baptist

Crawfordville Presbyterian

Crawfordville Presbyterian

Crawfordville Presbyterian

Sharon Methodist

Jennings Baptist Church 1Jennings Baptist

Crawfordville Baptist 1Crawfordville Baptist

Liberty Presbyterian 1
Liberty Presbyterian

Locust Grove Catholic

Locust Grove Catholic

Churches of Taliaferro County

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Taliaferro County (you better pronounce it Tolliver) was created by an act of the Georgia Legislature on December 24, 1825.  Although it is one of the youngest counties in the area, it was created from five older counties that had been first settled thirty or more years earlier – Wilkes, Greene, Oglethorpe, Warren, and Hancock Counties.  Its namesake is Benjamin Taliaferro, who was a colonel in Lee’s Legion during the American Revolution.  The county seat of Taliaferro County is Crawfordville, which was created in 1826. The small town is practically littered with interesting historical markers, including one that marks Highway 22 which runs through the town:

“The Common Road of the English following old Indian trail – The colonial road from Charleston to Vicksburg followed the highway at this point.  The route was used by Colonel Langdon Welch on an expedition to the Mississippi in 1698; followed by British traders after that.    William Bartram, a celebrated traveler, crossed here in 1773 with Colonel Barnett, who surveyed 2,000,000 acres of land recently ceded to Georgia by the Creeks and Cherokees.  Lafayette followed this road on his 1825 American tour.”   

One of the most visible legacies of history in Taliaferro County is the home of Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy and Governor of Georgia.  Born in a crude log cabin and orphaned at the age of 14, Stephens put his energy into education and the later, politics under the stewardship of his uncle.  Today, Liberty Hall is a Georgia State Park and is open for tours.   It is interesting to note that Liberty hall was moved from the community of Powelton, in Hancock County, to its current site before the Civil War.

After the Civil War, Taliaferro County suffered the same fate as most of the others in the area – a sudden decline of wealth and challenging social conditions. One man, at least, would find a way to prosper in rural Taliaferro County Georgia.  Andrew Hillman was a mineralogist that acquired some land in the Sandy Cross Community, which is between Washington and Barnett.   After sinking many shafts in his effort to locate gold and alum, a fine specimen was finally found on a shaft sunk at the bottom of what was locally called “Mountain.”  During drilling and other work, he noticed a strange tingling feeling – being shocked!  According to Hillman, his rheumatism was instantly cured by these “shock treatments” and he successfully convinced people far and wide to visit his alum wells.  Eventually there was a four story hotel and local post office on the site to handle all of the visitors that came from all over – it was called the Electric Resort.

The 2010 Census shows that Taliaferro County is the least populated county east of the Mississippi River.  Although the Census points to the woes of a declining population and a high poverty rate, don’t count Taliferro out of making history in the future.  You may be surprised to know that it has a small community dedicated to astronomy since Taliaferro has been found to be one of the darkest areas in the state. Deerlick Astronomy Village, a planned community, takes up about 100 acres of land in the community of Sharon.

While the wagons full of cotton may not jam the downtown roads of Crawfordville anymore, the quiet solitude and old-time country flavor are sure not to disappoint.  If you love southern history, it would be a shame to not spend a day riding around in Taliaferro County and digging deep into its story.

To learn more about Taliaferro County History click here.

We encourage you to visit these hallowed sites in order to feel the real power of early Georgia history and the roots that we all share.  However, please remember that these sites are on private property and they are quite fragile.  Therefore please be respectful in every way.  Some of these churches are inactive and in a very delicate state, while others may be somewhat active but in a very limited fashion.  Fortunately, some of the churches are still quite vibrant and offer a full range of services to their members.  Visitors are welcome and we would encourage you to attend a service if possible.