The land that Ebenezer Baptist Church occupies today, including Gwinnett and Hall Counties, was once owned by the Cherokee Indians until the United States bought it from them for $5,000. Around 1820, various families began moving into the area that was eventually to be named “Harbins”, after John Harbin, who was one of the first to settle there.
One of the most immediate needs for these settlers was to have a church in which they could come together to worship God. They did not have the funds to erect a formal building, so they erected a Brush Arbor to hold revival services. It was located on the south side of what is now Harbins Road, across the street from the present day church, on land owned by James and Mary Kilcrease. In 1833, the church body joined the Appalachee Baptist Association which had been formed to unify the Baptist churches in the area.
Ebenezer Baptist Church was formally organized on March 28, 1847, by Reverend Samuel Churchill, along with several local families, many of whose decedents still live in the Harbins area.
GPS Coordinates: 33.9518, -83.8312
- Added: 27 Feb 2007
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2208399
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