Independent Presbyterian Church
Savannah, GA 31401
Tours: Each Friday: 9:00a - 1:00p
Savannah’s Independent Presbyterian Church, organized in 1755, is known as the "Mother Church of Georgia’s Presbyterians".
During the Civil War, Union chaplain George Pepper described the Independent Presbyterian Church as the finest structure he had ever seen. In 1889 the church was completely destroyed by fire. Two years later the church was replaced by and exact duplicate. The interior remains very much as it did when it was rebuilt and rededicated in 1891. The marble baptism font, which was brought to Savannah from New Jersey, survived the fire of 1889 and is still used in the church today.
The Independent Presbyterian Church was designed by Rhode Island architect John Holden Greene and is considered to rank among the finest American buildings of its day.
Built in 1817, with granite shipped from the famous quarries at Quincy, Massachusetts, it is still considered one of Savannah's most notable buildings. It features tall Federal windows, Corinthian columns, a tall steeple, and a beautiful sanctuary with an elevated mahogany pulpit and soft filtered light.