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An Account of the Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church

Visit the haunted Harris Springs Primitive Baptist churchThe Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church was established in 1822, and is thought to be one of the oldest established churches in Newton County. Elder Joel Colley was the first Pastor and also helped to establish the Yellow River Baptist Association in 1824. This church has a long history and is not short of legends and ghost stories. The church was originally located on Harris Springs road, where it remained active until closing its doors in 1985.
A fire nearly destroyed the Harris Springs Primitive Baptist church in 1994. The building was relocated to Gaither’s Plantation in 2000, leaving behind the historic Harris Springs Cemetery. This old burial ground has many graves marked only with field stones, the oldest marked grave is that of Ms. Effie Curtis Robinson (1847-1877). As I stood on this ground, looking across the road at the location of the church, I could feel a cold breeze and could almost hear the torrid past of this place.
Things began to change upon moving the historic Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church to Gaither’sThe Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church is spooky! Plantation in March of 2000. Some say moving and disturbing such an old place woke up the spirits – it seems as if this is true for this old place of worship. There are many accounts of paranormal activity in this church. There two different accounts of a murder-suicide that took place in this church. The first account states that the Pastor caught his wife with another man, shot his wife and the other man and then himself. The other account is that a wife caught her husband having an affair, shot them both, then stepped out of the back door of the church and shot herself.
 There are reports of seeing a woman pass back and forth across the back of the church and also walking across the pulpit area. Many ladies and little girls who visit the church report that their hair was touched or pulled. The night I was at the church, during one of the Halloween ghost tours, I wasn’t the only one reported seeing a dark shadow figure moving along the pulpit. The tour guide that night also told of seeing small boys sitting in the back pews; they were not even a part of the tour!
The Harris Springs Primitive Baptist church was moved in 2000.EVP’s have captured the voice of a lady whispering “Willa,” screaming, yelling and even the sheer sounds of a choir singing. Sometimes, if you sit in the preacher’s chair, you can feel light vibrations. Be sure to visit Harris Springs Primitive Baptist Church on your next trip to Gaither’s Plantation, you might just feel, or hear shadows of the past.

A Note From Our Guest Blogger –

“My name is Trish Robertson Johnson. I became interested in local history while researching my family tree. From searching through old census records, I began to find towns, villages and communities that no longer exist all across the South. My first exploration was finding the “ghost town” of Scull Shoals in Greene County, doing the research, finding local folklore about the town, and then I was hooked! I began researching, exploring, finding disappearing history all around us on every little back road across Georgia.  All we have to do is go out and look! I began the Facebook Page, Heart Of Dixie-Memories, Legends and Ghosts of our Southern Past. I’m currently in the process of publishing my photos and writing a book on local history, in between exploring and searching for more local memories to share with all of you!”

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