Burnt Church Cemetery

Did you know Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church consists of not only the sanctuary but approximately 15 acres of land, the Church House, Bryan Neck Church (on a two acre lot), Bryan Neck Cemetery, and the Burnt Church Cemetery?

The Burnt Church Cemetery is on 144 near the County Annex. In 1830, the Bryan Neck Presbyterian Church was established, making it the oldest organized congregation in Bryan County. The church served the numerous plantar families of lower Bryan, which had become one of the most productive agricultural sections on the south Atlantic coast. The church burial ground was adjacent to the wood-frame sanctuary. On these grounds are interred members of some of Bryan County's most prominent early families, including those of Clay, McAllister (as in General McAllister) and Maxwell. The original church accidentally burned in 1882 and a new building was built in 1885 several miles east, near Keller. Today that church is considered the oldest public building in Bryan County and has services on the first and third Sunday of the month at 8:30 am.

The Burnt Church Cemetery remains at the original site and includes the graves of the churches' prominent early members. This cemetery is the only one in Richmond Hill that allows non-church members to be buried there, thus serving as an outreach to the community. It is laid out in three areas - the historical section in the middle, the older sections on either side, and the most recent area opened in the back half. We currently have 996 plots available. Recently, the Session voted to approve funding to have some pavers added for aesthetics. There is a Master Plan for future improvements that will be completed as plots are sold and funding becomes available. 

Church members are given a $200 discount off the plot cost of $1200 ($1000 in the older side areas where there are a few plots left). If you are interested in purchasing a plot or know someone who might be, contact Deanna Hardy at 912-727-2646 or speak to Janie Moore, Phil Corbin, or Lisa Yackel.


  • Swainsboro Presbyterian Apartments

    The Swainsboro Presbyterian Apartments were opened in 1984 to serve adults 62 years of age and older. These units of subsidized housing are still today a vital part of the Presbytery's outreach ministry. The average age of the present residents is 77 (10 men and 42 women). The Santa Claus Express begins gathering gifts in September for delivery in December. Items not used as Christmas gifts are given during the rest of the year for birthday presents and welcoming new residents. Collection boxes will be placed in the narthex for your donations from now through November. Click here for the brochure with suggested gift items.

  • Way Station Food Pantry

    Thank you for your donations to the Way Station Food Pantry in September! Last month, 84 children, 104 adults, and 22 seniors were served. This is a total of 210 individuals and 67 households! Your support of this local ministry makes a difference! The Food Pantry is in need of donations of canned vegetables for October.

  • family promise

    Great news! Family Promise got a house! This will be their new Day Center and static housing location. They have been approved to rent a house on Spruce Street in Richmond Hill! They are getting a great deal on the rent in exchange for doing some updates to the property. Very soon Family Promise will need work teams for various projects. Visit Family Promise of Bryan County's website and watch Facebook for details. If you would like to receive email updates through the Constant Contact mailing list, please visit the website to sign up! 
    Be sure to mark your calendars for December 1-8 when RHPC will host Family Promise at their new location!

  • Wednesday night supper

    Drop in anytime between 5:45 and 7:00 pm for a free potluck dinner at the church house. Bring your favorite dish to share and enjoy the fellowship!

  • Soul To Soul In The City

    Soul To Soul In The City is a night of good food, live music, dancing,  a silent auction, and more benefiting Family Promise of Bryan County. This event is Friday, October 25th at The Richmond Hill City Center at 6:30 pm.  

    For more information or to purchase tickets for this event visit:  


  • A Gracious Christmas

    Save the date! The 10th annual A Gracious Christmas will be from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on December 5th at First Presbyterian Church of Savannah. This event celebrates Christmas tradition in honor of Christ's birth and raises funds for the benefit of women and children in need. A Gracious Christmas includes speakers, a silent auction, a gift market, and an optional lunch. For tickets, please click here.

  • The Art of Marriage - small group study

    Congregational Life presents a ladies' marriage study featuring six video sessions beginning Saturday, November 2 at 6:30 pm at Nicole Burke's home in Richmond Hill. For more information or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event.

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