Wesleyanna Church

Screven Oak Grove ext sideOak Grove Methodist


Bethel Brick exteriorBethel Brick Methodist

Little Ogeechee Baptist


Churches of Screven County

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Screven  County, located in the Coastal Plain of Georgia, was created on December 14, 1793, as the state’s fourteenth county. It was named for General James Screven, who served as a commander in Savannah during the Revolutionary War (1775-83) and was a veteran of the Battle of the Riceboats.  The county was carved out of the lower part of Burke County and the upper part of Effingham County, and originally included Bulloch County and parts of Emanuel and Jenkins counties.  Rocky Ford was designated as the first county seat in 1793 but was replaced by Jacksonborough in 1797. The original inhabitants of the area were Yuchi Indians. The first European settlers of Screven County were Germans who arrived in 1751. They were followed two years later by native-born American settlers who came mainly from the Carolinas and Virginia. In 1763, at the Southern Indian District Congress in Augusta, the Indians ceded the land between the Savannah River and the Ogeechee River. When the American Revolution began, what would later become Screven County was divided between St. Mathew Parish and St. George Parish.

The Screven County Courthouse county government was originally situated in Jacksonborough but moved to Sylvania by an act of the state legislature in 1847.  The act authorized the commissioners to make a plat of the town and sell the lots not needed for public buildings and parks to provide funds for a new courthouse and jail.  The reason for moving the county seat is unclear but, according to legend, may be the result of a curse placed on the town by Lorenzo Dow, a Methodist preacher who was treated badly while visiting Jacksonborough.  The Battle of Briar Creek in 1779 was a major event in Screven County’s history. Although American forces lost the battle, it is believed to have been a critical campaign during the Revolution. Another major event occurred in 1791, when U.S. president George Washington visited the area as part of his mission to travel to all thirteen existing states.

The above history from the New Georgia Encyclopedia