The Coast / Riceboro

Historic Baptismal Trail

8805 E.B. Cooper Hwy.
Riceboro, GA 31323

  • The Baptismal Pool-Photo by Ralph Daniel

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  • The path down to the Baptism pool is lined with tall trees

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  • Interpretive Signage at the Baptismal Pool

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  • Gated entrance to the trail.

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  • Photo by Ralph Daniel

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For almost 100 years this site was an active holy place where the ancestors of the local Geechee communities baptized new members into their faith. Oral and written church history from the surviving descendants of the First African Baptist Church indicate that as early as the 1840s this site was used as a place where the ritual Christian baptism was performed by leaders of a congregation of enslaved people. These early baptisms were carried out in affiliation with the White North Newport Church. After the white congregation moved to Walthourville in 1854, the enslaved Africans renamed the church the First African Baptist Church and continued the practice of the ritual baptisms at the site until the early 1940s. The site features a boardwalk, benches and picnic tables as well as interpretive signage regarding the surrounding natural habitat and the historical significance of the site.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Bus / Motorcoach Parking on Site, Free Parking, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


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