The Coast / Port Wentworth

Houston Praise House Historic Site & Cemetery

8000 GA Hwy. 21
Port Wentworth, GA 31407

  • Historic Houston Baptist Church and Cemetery

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Houston Baptist Church and its adjoining cemetery were organized in 1886 under the leadership of Reverend Ulysses L. Houston, minister of First Bryan Baptist Church in Savannah. A significant leader in the African-American community, Houston attended the meeting at General Sherman's Savannah headquarters in January 1865 that resulted in Special Field Order No. 15 (the redistribution of confiscated coastal land in 40-acre tracts to newly freed blacks). Houston also served a term in Georgia's Reconstruction legislature.

Established in the tradition of plantation praise houses intended to Christianize the enslaved populations of plantations, Houston Baptist Church served the African-Americans of Rice Hope Plantation. The church continued to serve the local community until the 1970s. The original structure collapsed in 2007 after a terrible storm in Port Wentworth. Today, the property is owned by the City of Port Wentworth. The city, community organizations and residents are rebuilding the structure into a heritage museum honoring the rich history of the area.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages