Houston Praise House Museum

Port Wentworth
The Coast

Houston Praise House Museum

Houston Praise House Museum

8000 GA Hwy 21
Port Wentworth, GA 31407



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

    Free Parking


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