Historic Markers Across Georgia

Falling Creek Baptist Church

Marker ID: GHM 052-11
Location: Ga 77 about 3 miles south of Elberton
County: Elbert
Coordinates: N 34° 4.392    W 082° 52.116
  34.0732    -82.8686
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM7J70
Falling Creek Baptist Church Marker  


In 1788, Thomas Maxwell founded the Falling Creek Baptist Church. A Virginian, he was born September 8, 1742, and died December 12, 1837. Imprisoned a number of times for preaching the Baptist faith, he was able, once, to convert the jailer and his family. According to tradition, he rubbed away part of his prominent nose by preaching through the bars of the jails, and he was defended by Patrick Henry when jailed in Culpepper County, Va.

In 1835 at Falling Creek Church, the Sarepta Baptist Association voted to join the State Baptist Convention, after 15 years consideration.

GHM 052-11 Georgia Historical Commission 1967


Falling Creek Baptist Church