Moravian Mission Site & Cemetery

Also known as: God's Acre
GA 52 ALT, Spring Place, GA



Photo taken by Eddie Douthitt in July 2010



Street View 


The Moravian Mission site contains the burial site of people believed to be Moravian Missionaries. Chief James Vann sponsored these missionaries trip to the area in 1801. Their mission was, among other things, to educate the Cherokees. That education included reading, grammar, writing, sacred history, mathematics, geography, weaving and botany. Several Cherokees and slaves are also thought to be buried at this site.


1801: Moravian missionaries arrived in Spring Place to set up a mission and school under the sponsorship of James Vann.

1805: Tradition claims that the Spring Place Moravian missionaries decorated the first Christmas tree ever used in Georgia.

1818: Moravians completed building of a new church and school building, a "blockhouse" design.

1834: Spring Place became the county seat for Murray County. The Moravian mission building served as the first court house.

1837: Moravians conducted their last service in Murray County on Easter Sunday.

1838: Murray County's remaining 2,000 Cherokees were forced to depart on the difficult journey to Oklahoma Territory that would become known as "the Trail of Tears."

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 2005
Reference number
NR name
Spring Place Historic District
Architectural styles
Federal; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; et al.
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Architecture; Education; Ethnic Heritage - European; Ethnic Heritage - Native American; Exploration/Settlement; Religion
Levels of significance
Local; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Specialty store; Correctional facility; School; Agricultural fields; Natural feature
Current functions
Single dwelling; Religious structure; Agricultural fields; Natural feature
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1801; 1803; 1805
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 24
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 8
Non-contributing buildings: 27


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Georgia (3,079)
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Murray County, Georgia (25)
Open to the public (3,473)
Site (386)

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2010: Added by Eddie Douthitt