WELCOME to Historic Richland Baptist Church, a legendary landmark in middle Georgia for almost 200 years. For the first 100 years, the building served as a place of worship to fulfill the spiritual needs of families in the community. Today this historic place hosts an annual church homecoming, and other private and public religious, cultural and educational events, consistent with the mission of the Richland Resoration League, Inc.
"....the handsome old building which looked upon the beauty of the aristocracy and the wealth of more than a century ago, still stands proudly among the majestic oaks that surround it". (Dr. Louis C. Alderman, Jr- 1971)
Browse and learn more about historic preservation, restoration plans, events, and the contribution of the Richland Church to the history of the community and region.
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The 2013 performance of Keeping Christmas will be held at 7 PM on Friday evening December 6 and Saturday evening and December 7. Tickets ($10 per person) will be available at the door only. The performance, lead by the talented Frank Hendrix, celebrates the Christmas season with merriment in song, reading, dancing. A camp of soldiers are near.
Keeping Christmas has become a popular annual tradition among Middle Georgians .….. read more
View video presenting a historical collection beginning about 1949, the time the Richland Restoration League was formed. This video was prepared by Buddy Faulk to commemorate the 200th anniversary celebration in October 2012.
Listen to the story ……
It was a Sunday morning in 1863, Richland was filled with the voices of worshipers, children were squirming, courtships were developing, horses and carriages were tied outside. Can you imagine? Frank Hendrix gives us a glimpse of those days as he tells the story of Richland Baptist Church.
Craftsmen Repair Plaster at Historic Richland
Town and Country Garden Club decorates for Keeping Christmas each year ….. more
Merchandise on the shelves is limited so it sure won't take long to browse. Click your way in the door and take a look. While there, pay your membership dues or make an additional contribution. Paying your dues through the online store is quick, easy, safe, secure and supports the preservation of this historic place.
Old Richland Church - A Community Treasure
by Dotty (Spillers) Etris
Recently, it was my great pleasure to be asked to participate in a long term planning and development session for Historic Richland Church. I accepted immediately and must say that I was delighted to be involved. Since I spent my early years in Twiggs County, Old Richland was somewhat familiar to me, but little did I know………………I was immediately struck by the wonderful opportunity and potential …… This place is truly a community treasure, both historically and culturally. Read more …….
Read the story by Scott Thompson, Sr appearing in the Twiggs Times New Era. Celebrating 200 years….. The article is also available from the Library
Spring 2011, The first event of the bi-centennial celebration began with demonstrations, song, merrymaking, and characters of the past visiting and telling their stories. New photos. The Twiggs Times New Era story can be found the library, entitled Spring 2011 event .
The Spring 2011 Newsletter is available. This edition provides the day's schedule for "Spring Into Living History" to be held on Saturday April 9th. (Download your copy from the Library)
Annual presentation of Keeping Christmas Huge Success
Town and Country Garden Club Decks The Halls ......
Historic Richland Church becomes the stage for Twiggs Academy's 2010 One-Act Drama Team.
Keeping Christmas at Richland Church