Christ Church, Frederica
St. Simons Island, Georgia
In the 1740's, Charles Wesley was charged with the spiritual
guidance of the Frederica settlers on St. Simons Island. This was part
of the missionary work headquartered at Christ Church, Savannah, where
Wesley's brother John served as rector.
In 1808 the Georgia State
Legislature granted 100 acres near Frederica to be used for their
church. Called Christ Church, Frederica, it was completed in 1820.
During the Civil War Union troops commandeered the small structure and
it was nearly destroyed.
The current building was erected in
1889, complete with magnificent stained glass windows.
Tombstones in the
churchyard relate much of the island's history, recalling the
fascinating lives and times of many founding families.
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