Historic Baptismal Trail

Location

8805 E.B. Cooper Hwy.
Riceboro GA 31323

Hours of Operation

  • 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
  • Sunday : 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Baptismal Pool-Photo by Ralph Daniel
Gated entrance to the trail.
The path down to the Baptism pool is lined with tall trees
Interpretive Signage at the Baptismal Pool
Photo by Ralph Daniel

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.

Amenities
Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking on Site
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Restrooms
  • Self-guided Tours
Near Interstate Highway
  • 95
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission