The Peach State has fallen in love with the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, and a new television program is going to bring the stories of these beloved structures and their disappearing communities into the homes of Georgians in the next few weeks.
The latest opportunity for Georgians to explore southern history through the eyes of their rural churches is “Saving Grace,” which continues on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sept. 17 at 9 p.m.Two area churches — Glendale Chapel in Floyd County and Bethel Presbyterian in Chattooga County — are among those showcased this Monday.
“Saving Grace will tell the stories of the great people that settled Georgia after it was founded in 1733…little known stories that helped shape the society in which we now
live,” said Sonny Seals, chairman and co-founder of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia. “Whether they are nearby or have moved away, Georgians continue to be
fascinated by the history of these churches and the communities they define.”
Historic Rural Churches of Georgia was founded in 2012 by Sonny Seals and George Hart with a mission to research, document, an ultimately preserve historic rural
churches across the state. The movement started when Sonny inadvertently discovered his great grandfather’s grave in the old burial ground of Powelton Methodist, a long inactive church in the “lost village of Powelton.” That discovery of his personal family roots and the related history led Sonny and George to wonder about the old rural churches across the state.
Saving Grace Featured Churches
Episode 2, premieres Monday, Sept. 17, 9 p.m. and repeats Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
– Glendale Chapel Methodist, Floyd County. Click for more.
– Wiregrass Primitive Baptists
– Bethel Presbyterian, Chattooga County. Click for more.