An effort to locate isolated Episcopalians in South Georgia during the 1890s saw the establishment of several congregations, including St. Anne’s in Tifton. Edmund Harding Tift, brother of Tifton’s founder, Captain Henry Harding Tift, was at the forefront of this effort. The Tift family were vastly successful in the shipbuilding and lumber industries and gave resources and labor to the construction of St. Anne’s, which began in March 1898. The Carpenter Gothic sanctuary is clad in curly pine.
By the early 1980s, the congregation was beginning to outgrow its historic home and with an eye on new construction, moved it to its present location from the corner of Central Avenue and 4th Street in 1982.
Replaced by a more modern church in 1985, “Little St. Anne’s”, as it’s affectionately known, is still used for various services.
Thanks to my former Young Harris College classmate Emily Guerry, who serves as Parish Administrator, for a delightful personal tour and history lesson.
I did not know you went to Young Harris. My mother and two of my aunts went there, long before you. My mother would attend as many reunions as she could. When vacationing at Vogel I drove over to Young Harris to take pictures for my mom. What I remember is there was a college hangout right across the street. Thanks for the memories. I have been to Tifton many times.
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.
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St. Anne’s, Tifton, was my first Episcopal parish (1991-1993), when I was a student at ABAC. I ventured into the old church now and again, and found it beautiful.
So interesting. St John’s in Tallahassee was built by many former ship builders post Civil War. And, the mention of Emily Guerry brought fond memories. I met and married my husband in the UMC in Cordele where her dad was Director of Educational Ministry. She was an elementary kid then! I’m sure she was an excellent tour guide.