English Eddy Presbyterian Church, Toombs County


According to Hoyt Pittman, this is the second structure to house this congregation. The first was on Georgia Highway 147. Hoyt also notes that there was a small community and post office which made up the community of English Eddy proper, on Old River Road. It was named for a feature of the nearby Altamaha River.

Sadly, this church was razed in 2020 for a highway project.

7 thoughts on “English Eddy Presbyterian Church, Toombs County

  1. Yvonne Noble Slicker

    I grew up in Toombs County in the 50’s & 60’s. What a shame that such a beautiful reminder of our history is going to be lost to a highway.

  2. Jeff Pierce

    Have passed this church, many times, on our way home, to Gainesville, from family, in Jesup. I’ve always wondered about the name, and it’s origins. Thanks!

  3. Donny

    Oh no! I was just there last weekend for a wedding. It’s an adorable church. Much like the one I grew up in. Tragic if this happens.

  4. kcdees@hotmail.com

    Just read that English Eddy church has 60 days to vacate before demolition.
    So very sad. Apparently it is the road construction infringing on the property.

  5. June Dixon

    Little English Eddy Church is to be sacrificed by the DOT to make way for the 4-laning of US 1 Highway. It will be bulldozed by October 2019.

  6. Lloyd Stanley

    I grew up about a half mile from English Eddy Presbyterian Church. Many of my family are buried there. I have property nearby and still go by there occasionally. Some good memories. Lloyd Stanley

  7. Bobby Akins

    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 cornor. Mrs. Mann was a great educator, who seemed to understand the strengths and weaknesess 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 infulence in my life as I know she was to many other students in Toombs County.
    Brian, by the way, on Hwy 147 East, you go a few miles and you’ll see an A frame house on the right, you can see from there what is left of an oak alley, made to shade the road to the Altamaha, for wagons full of cotton. The alley continues up a dirt road just in front of the A frame, and you can see right where the old road use to go. There is also a slave cemetery up the same dirt road on the left, just thought you might be interested…
    An admirer,
    Bobby Thomas Akins


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