Located in southeast Georgia, sleepy St Marys is best known for their waterfront and being the ‘gateway’ to Cumberland Island.
However, this picturesque Navy town has a gorgeous Historic District as well. Nestled on palm-tree lined Conyers Street are two historic churches.
St Marys Methodist Church was established around 1799, making it St Marys oldest congregation. John Garvin was the church’s first pastor; however, missionary George Clark shared the gospel with residents starting in 1792. The present building, which has been renovated several times, was built before the Civil War. During the war, the building was utilized by northern troops as a Quartermaster’s Department. The church was given a deed to the land in 1878. Since it was founded, over 105 pastors have led services at this historic church; Roy White is the current pastor.
Located a block away from the Methodist Church is the stunning First Presbyterian Church. Build in 1808, it served as a meeting place for those in St Marys and the surrounding area. In 1822, Horace Southworth Pratt became the church’s first ordained pastor. In 1828, the church was known as the Independent Methodist Church, but it was changed to the current name in 1832. The church is currently headed by Pastor Rick Douylliez.
Both churches still have services every week, and welcome visitors. If you’re ever in my coastal town, be sure and check out the churches and the other beautiful buildings in the Historic District.