First Presbyterian Ordination in Georgia

First Presbyterian Ordination in Georgia (HMH0F)

Location: Washington, GA 30673 Wilkes County
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N 33° 44.35', W 82° 43.933'

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In the shade of a giant poplar tree which stood 200 feet East of this spot, on the 22nd of July, 1790, the Rev. John Springer was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry and installed Pastor of Smyrna, Providence and Washington churches. This was the first Presbyterian ordination held in Georgia. A Commission from the Presbytery of South Carolina conducted the service, with the Rev. Robert Hall preaching the ordination sermon and the Rev. Francis Cummins presiding and giving the charge.

The tree, always afterward known as The Presbyterian Poplar, stood for more than 150 years after the ordination.
HM NumberHMH0F
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number157-18
Year Placed1958
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 9:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 339536 N 3734583
Decimal Degrees33.73916667, -82.73221667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 44.35', W 82° 43.933'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 44' 21.00" N, 82° 43' 55.98" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Poplar Dr, Washington GA 30673, US
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