Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

  Exhibition and Book Signing

New Hebron Baptist Church

Exhibition: Friday, 11 am – 5 pm,  Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1-3 pm


***Book signing: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 -3 pm***


Based on the book published in 2016 by the University of Georgia Press, this show presents 23  images of early houses of worship from across the state. The project was organized by Sonny Seals and George S. Hart with photography by Randy Clegg, Randal Davis, Gail Des Jardin, Scott Farrrar, John Kirkland, Scott MacInnis, Wayne Moore, and Steve Robinson. 

As the Georgia backcountry rapidly expanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the churches erected on newly parceled land became the center of community life–and fostered the villages, towns, counties, and cities that informed the way Georgia was organized and is governed today. Many are now in various states of distress and neglect and require restoration to survive. It is fitting that this show is presented in one of Pike County’s most venerable churches, New Hebron Baptist Church which was just placed on the National Register of Historic Places last year thanks to the efforts of its pastor, Dwain Penn.

New Hebron Baptist Church © Sara Keith

The authors will be at New Hebron for a book signing of “Historic Rural Churches of Georgia” from 2 – 3 pm on Saturday, September 21st.








Sonny Seals (left) and George Hart



Historic Rural Churches of Georgia was founded in 2012 by Sonny Seals and George Hart with a mission to research, document and ultimately preserve historic rural churches across the state. The organization, HRCGA recruited talented photographers to document these churches.  The ultimate objective of HRCGA is to preserve these beautiful and sometimes neglected structures by organizing local communities realize their value and work to renovate and maintain them.