Historic Markers Across Georgia

Union Meeting House (Organized 1790)

Marker ID: GHM 016-1
Location: 1 US 301 7 miles NE of Statesboro at the Old Savannah Road
County: Bulloch
Coordinates: N 32° 32.753    W 081° 43.379
  32.545883    -81.72298
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7ZHR
Union Meeting House (Organized 1790)  Marker
Photo by Mike Stroud


Three miles east of this point, on the old River road, is located union Meeting House (Methodist), the oldest church in Bulloch County, and one of the oldest churches in Georgia remaining continuously active since its organization. title was acquired from the State by grant to Joseph Jackson, Jarvis Jackson, Lemuel Williams, Griffin Merrill and Joshua Hodges, Trustees, dated September 1, 1794, recorded in Screven County, the land being then a part of that county. Plat made about that time by William Blair, an Irishman, showed the meeting house already located on the land, indicating its earlier origin.

Out of this church and community have come many devout men and women. Among the earlier members was the famed Lydia Anclaux, widow of Col. Nicholas Anclaux, a Frenchman and Revolutionary War hero, whose daughter became wife of Senator McPherson Berrien, Attorney general in President Andrew Jackson´s cabinet. Legend says that Bishop Francis Asbury preached there and Lorenzo Dow also visited and preached there.

GHM 016-1 Georgia Historical Commission 1953

Union Meeting House (Organized 1790)
Photo by Ken Moser


The old Union Meeting House is located west (not east) of the marker at N 32 34.606 W 081 46.031