Historic Markers Across Georgia

Washington Presbyterian Church

Marker ID: GHM 157-21
Location: Robert Toombs Ave at E. Liberty St, Washington, GA
County: Wilkes
Coordinates: N 33° 44.192    W 082° 44.128
  33.73653    -82.73547
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6RA3
Washington Presbyterian Church  Marker
Photo by Ken Moser


The Presbyterian Church of Washington was organized in1790, under the Presbytery of South Carolina with the Rev. John Springer as the first pastor. Services were held in private homes, in the Court House, the Academy, and in the Methodist Church until 1825 when the first church edifice was erected. On July 29 of that year, the lot upon which the present church building stands was conveyed by Dr. Joel Abbott to Thomas Terrell, Samuel Barnett, Andrew G. Semmes, Constantines Church and James Wingfield, Trustees of Washington Presbyterian Church.

The Georgia Presbytery was organized at a meeting of the South Carolina and Georgia Synod in Washington in 1821 and in 1826 the synod met in the new church building. Many famous ministers have been pastors of the Washington Presbyterian Church, among them the Rev Alexander H. Webster, the rev S. J. Casseis, the Rev. Francis R. Goulding, the Rev John Brown, the Rev. H.W. Petric, the Rev. Nathan Hoyt, the Rev. J. R. S. Axson, and the Rev. Thomas Dunwoody. Alexander H. Stephens and Duncan C. Campbell were life long members of this church as were many other distinguished men and women.

GHM 157-21 Georgia Historical Commission 1958

Washington Presbyterian Church
Photo by David Seibert