Perkins Community, Jenkins County – Big Buckhead Church in Jenkins County is the 3rd oldest Baptist Church in Georgia. Established before the American Revolution, this rural church was also the scene of Cavalry Action during the Civil War. And luckily it was open the day I visited!
Established in 1774, this is actually the 4th church on this site, built in 1855. It shows the wealth in the area during this time. It is named for nearby Buckhead Creek.
I was excited to see this beautiful site open the day I visited. It is beautiful preserved. While the exterior shutters are closed, you can see how large these windows are.
A video look around the church.
The old cemetery is located just across the road from the church. I wanted to check this out but had an impatient passenger in the car!
There are a couple of historical markers in front of the church. The first has more history of the church:
The church was also the scene of a Cavalry skirmish in November 1864. According to some, there are hoofmarks in the back pews of this church! I didn’t know this when I visited, or would have looked for them.
I took one more look at this beautiful old church, then it was time to get back on the road.
An exterior video of the church: