Concord Primitive Baptist

Cook County
Org 1894
Photography by Amanda Yates

The style and architecture of rural churches takes many forms.  One of the most significant reasons is the economic circumstance of the community it serves, and  another is the denomination and the underlying tenants of that faith.  The simple structure you see here is not elaborate in any way, partly due to its origin at the end of the 19th century in a part of rural Georgia that was struggling to survive in a difficult agrarian environment, and partly due to the fact that it is a Primitive Baptist Church.  Primitive Baptist churches are almost all very plain……no steeples, no ornamentation and no pianos or organs. 

Concord Primitive Baptist has been serving this little farm community for over 125 years at this location in the little sanctuary you see here. It is located in a remote, rural location in Cook County.  The closest city of any size is Moultrie, over thirty miles west.  There have been some cosmetic changes on both the exterior and interior but the building is original.  As Primitive Baptists, the ritual of footwashing is often observed, and we are informed that the congregation has a foot washing service each year in September.  Primitive Baptists also value traditional music, and this congregation has sung from the same hymnals since the church originated in the late 19th century.  Worth noting however, is the singing is all acapella…. no musical accompaniment.    The church was built by Charles W. Stallings who passed away in 1904 and is buried in the little graveyard. 

At Historic Rural Churches we do not discriminate by race or denomination.  Our criteria has been stated many times.  We feature churches that are over 100 years old, located in a rural area, with at least some of the historical architecture still reflected in the structure and interior.  While associated graveyards are not a prerequisite, we value them because they contain stories of the hardy souls who helped build this country.  To that end we try to feature a few “Tales From the Crypt” that inform us about the context of life at that point in history and give us some insight into the noble and hardworking people associated with the headstones.  We salute these congregations that still serve their communities and are in touch with their roots and those that have gone before them.  Thanks to Judy and Charlie Meadows for the above history. 

Be sure to click and scroll the gallery photos below for more information about the church and some of the interments in the graveyard. 

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