Spring Hill United Methodist Church, 1879, Wheeler County

A historic marker placed in 1991 by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church at the road leading to the church (now a United Methodist Church) reads: Spring Hill, settled in 1807, was a preaching place on the Ohoopee Circuit by 1814. In 1850 John Carmichael gave land for a campground. A tabernacle replaced the brush arbors about the church. Campmeetings continued seven decades. Clements Institute evolved from pre-Civil War schools and in 1871 became the first Methodist District High School. C. C. Hines and W. A. Huckabee led in founding South Georgia College at McRae in 1891. From 1879, J. D. Anthony, “Bishop of the Wiregrass”, made this his home. Here, Bascom Anthony entered the ministry. In 1991, the church worships in its 1879 frame building and the social hall is in the school.

A modern steeple has been added and it appears the social hall is now located next door. The schoolhouse, seen in the next post, is just across a dirt road from the church.

3 thoughts on “Spring Hill United Methodist Church, 1879, Wheeler County

  1. Cathy Nix

    My grandmother Florence Burkhalter Ramsey grew up at Springhill across the now paved road from the church and school. She and her family were members of the Methodist Church and Camp where small lots were owned by families for the camp meetings. We, the fifth generation, still own the 1866 Centennial Family farm and house where it was also the post office at one time and my great grandmother Mary Catherine McRae Burkhalter was postmistress.

    1. George Page

      Cathy, My name is George Page. I am the son of Ann C. Burkhalter and the nephew of Jo Eva Burkhalter. My grandfather was Alexander Clayton Burkhalter. They are all buried in Spring Hill Cemetery. Do you know of anyone that I can contact about arrangements in Spring Hill Cemetery? Thanks, George

      1. Cathy Nix

        Hello George. My great grandfathers name is James Jefferson Burkhalter and his brother was Gabriel McCarrol Burkhalter, b. 7-11-1836 d. 2-2-1920. One of his sons was Alexander C. Burkhalter and had two children Eva and Ann. So, I think we share a great, great grandfather William M. Burkhalter.

        My siblings and I share ownership of the house still there next to the cemetery, but do not live in the area. So, I can not answer your question about arrangements for the cemetery. I can only suggest you contact the Spring Hill Methodist Church.

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