Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Wesley Oak

Marker ID: GHM 063-34A
Location: Frederica Rd at Christ Episcopal church, St Simons Island, GA
County: Glynn
Coordinates: N 31° 13.184    W 081° 23.202
  31.219733    -81.3867
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6R3D
The Wesley Oak Marker
Photo by ChapterhouseInc


Not far from this spot stood the ´great tree´ under which Charles Wesley had prayers and preached, March 14, 1736, the first Sunday after his arrival. There were about twenty people present, among whom was Mr. Oglethorpe. A year later, Georgia Whitfield, appointed by the Bishop of London to serve as Deacon at Savannah and Frederica, wrote in his Journal (August 8, 1737): ´In the evening we had publick Prayers, and expounding of the second LEsson under a large tree, and many more present than could be expected.´

A wooden Cross made from a tree long designated as the Wesley Oak hangs on the wall of Christ Church near the pulpit.

GHM 060-04A Georgia Historical Commission 1958