Category Archives: Spring Hill GA

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.


Spring Hill School, Wheeler County

I’m not sure of the date of construction of this school, but the first school here was the Clements Institute, which became the Methodist District High School in 1871.

Brennan Bass writes: Growing up in Springhill, I was told it was also the first place to hold classes for South Georgia College before locating to McRae. There used to be community businesses, (ie. Stores, a doctor’s office, etc., located on the grounds). There is an old map of the area from the late 1800s in a book about Springhill that shows this. This book was compiled by a former pastor and local families and historians.