Chatham County Historic Districts & Properties

The Chatham County Historic Preservation Ordinance was adopted in 2005; its purpose and intent is to "establish a uniform procedure to provide of the protection, enhancement, perpetuation an duse of areas having a special historical, cultural, or aesthetic interest or value." The ordinance allows for the creation of Historic Districts and the designation of Historic Properties. Several districts and properties have been designated since the adoption of the ordinance, and material changes within these areas are protected through local ordinances.

Pin Point Historic District

Historically, a rural settlement founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. Pin Point is still a predominately African American community with a rich heritage of Gullah traditions.

Pennyworth Island

Located on the Back River extension of the Savannah River, this island has significant archeological site such as a mill site and rich fields trunks and dikes. It was used as a rice plantation from 1816 to 1894.

New Ogeechee Missionary Baptist Church

Located in the Burroughs community, this African-American church's property was purchased by former slaves in the 1870s-1880s from the former Wild Heron Plantation land. The church itself was built in 1893 and was listed in the National Register in 2001.

Maridon (AKA: Eureka Club, Farr's Point)

The club house was constructed in 1891 when the only access to Wilmington Island was by boat. The property was a part of one of the first subdivisions established on the island and the regular boating services from Thunderbolt were provided.

Isle of Hope Union Missionary Baptist Church

Located in the Sandfly community, this African-American church has occupied 8417 Ferguson Avenue, from it previous location on the Isle of Hope, since at least 1941. The historic resource is associated with an African-American congregation which found the Isle of Hope Union Baptist Church during Reconstruction and is one of the few remaining examples of a rural African-American vernacular religious structure. The resource contributes to the character and cultural aesthetic of Sandfly and demonstrates local building traditions and craftsmanship associated with Sandfly’s African-American history.