English Eddy Presbyterian Church

Hoyt Pittman writes: The eddy in the Altamaha River just south and west of the church was called English Eddy. There was a post office on Old River Road by the same name and a small community. The Church is the second church. The first was on [Georgia Highway] 147.

Bobby Thomas Akins writes: I was told by my Elementary School Librarian, Mrs. Mann, that the Mann family owned much of the land around English Eddy, and was called English because a small group of British Soldiers were stationed there before or during the Revolution. The first school house in the area was located about a quarter of a mile south of the church. The old one-room-school or what was left of it, when I was a boy (long ago), was down the next road to the left, Hwy 147, right on the corner. Mrs. Mann was a great educator, who seemed to understand the strengths and weaknesses in students and help as she could by pointing out books she thought would feed the needs of each student. She knew I loved history and told me many stories while checking out books, she was a very positive influence in my life as I know she was to many other students in Toombs County.

5 thoughts on “English Eddy Presbyterian Church

  1. Angela Rivers

    What a gorgeous church! Have you learned anything more about the history of the church since you last posted? In particular, what happened to the first church mentioned by Hoyt Pittman? When was the original church built and when was this structure built?

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  2. T.C.

    An eddy is a point in a river, usually near a bend, where the water slowly swirls, or eddys. We used to go swimming at Mill Eddy, on the Ohoopee River. A stream from an old mill site near Little Flock Baptist Church enters the river there. There was a boiling spring in the stream that was always cold, even on the hottest days. We would let a watermelon roll in it while we swam, then have delicious chilled slices.

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  3. Hoyt Pittman

    The eddy in the Altamaha River just south and west of the church was call English Eddy. There was a post office on Old River Rd. by the same name and a small community. The Church is the second church. The first was on 147.

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  4. Dot House

    I have traveled through your area many times over the last 11 years
    and I have wondered about the name of this church. How did it get
    this name –

    I was referred to Fred Brogdon at one time but lost the info about
    how to get in touch with him.

    Would appreciate your letting me know about this.

    Thank you

    Dot House

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    1. drtrd Post author

      I wish I knew the answer to this question, Dot. English Eddy might refer to a place on the river, nearby. That would be my best guess…

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