The Authors

Sonny Seals and George S. Hart, both of Atlanta, are the founders of Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, a nonprofit formed in 2013 with the purpose of researching and documenting some of Georgia's most historic and architecturally significant rural churches.  HRCGA is the winner of the 2016 Historic Preservation Medal awarded by the Georgia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The book has won additional awards from The Georgia Historical Society, The Society of Colonial Wars, The Georgia Historical Records Council and the Art Libraries Society of North America.



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Sonny Seals


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George Hart


"This is a must have for anyone wanting a unique view of pre and post civil war Georgia from a perspective not yet captured by any other author or historian. The authors do a terrific job of setting the scene in a quick and descriptive manner allowing the reader to get a glimpse into the community at the time of the formation and construction of the church being highlighted and how it was a cornerstone of life in the community."

"This gorgeous book is long, long over due. It is a treasure to own beyond any other for all who love the old white clapboard churches that are still standing today. Every community should strive to have a budge in their coffers to restore and maintain them. They should all be on the National Register of History places and protected with each generation. These men have gone beyond words with this book, it is that fabulous. I want more copies so I can give them to all I know."

"The photography contained within this book is incredible and is complemented with exceptional stories of the history of these venerable churches. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this book documents the history of the state and its people. For those of us who drive the back roads of Georgia this tome provides insight into the churches and communities that grace the landscape. For those of you who drive the interstate, this book will give you a reason to drive the back roads. I can't say enough about the quality of the photography contained in the book."