The Coast / St. Marys

Christ Episcopal Church Historic Chapel

305 Wheeler St.
St. Marys, GA 31558

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The history of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Marys can be traced to a founding congregation in 1843. A church building was constructed under the supervision of Isarel Geer in 1845-46. Christ Church entered the Diocese of Georgia as a mission in 1848 and in two years had a congregation of 25.

The town of St. Marys suffered during the Civil War. A Union gunboat shelled the town's riverfront. To escape the ravages of war, many of St. Marys' residents fled the county. The Federal commander Captain Thomas Wentworth Higginson ordered the burning of numerous buildings, including Christ Church, which was destroyed. After the war, Vestryman Francis Adam made a strong effort to get Northern aid to rebuild the church, but it wasn't until 1885 that services began anew for the congregation. The current historic chapel was consecrated in 1889.

We offer self-guided tours. You can find a self-guided brochure in the church or at the St. Marys Welcome Center.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 11:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free

    Facility Amenities

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages