Scene from Episode 1, "Beginning In Powelton"

Sergeant William D. Seals returns home from the civil war.

Aspects of our unique Southern history can only be told through its surviving rural churches. As the southern backcountry rapidly expanded in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the churches erected on this newly parceled land became the center of community life. From these rural communities sprang the

villages, towns, counties and cities that informed the way our states were organized and governed

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and that continue to influence the

way we live today.

Saving Grace is our story our ancestors... our history.

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In 1779 the "Province of Georgia" was limited to a few towns along the coast such as Darien, Savannah and Sunbury. The only other towns were located along the Savannah River from the coast on the south to Augusta on the north. In 1779 rebels residents of Georgia would have considered themselves a state rather than a province of the Crown.

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From Top Left:
President Jimmy Carter
(Episode 6) explains the importance of the rural church in history / Selwin Nelson (Episode 3) A St.Cyprian Member / Sonny Seals (Episode 1)  makes a presentation in Dahlonega / Annie Shields and Pat York (Episode 2) Share the experience of saving Glendale Chapel / Professor John Crowley (Episode 2) describes the Primitive Baptist of South Georgia


was inspired by the book

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

 by Sonny Seals & George Hart

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An Amazon Best Seller 3 years in a row

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Southern History Through the Eyes of Our Rural Churches