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Church celebrates 200 years

Families large and small attended the 200th anniversary of historic Wrightsboro Church in McDuffie County last Sunday.

Local historians Epp Wilson and David Moore -- both of whom also serve as members of the Wrightsboro Foundation -- told of the area's history.

"It was a perfect day," exclaimed Billie Thomas, of Thomson, the secretary of the Wrightsboro Foundation. "I just thank the Lord that it turned out as nicely as it did."

A freshly painted church and a new wooden porch greeted those who attended the morning worship service. Old windows in the church, which was established in 1810, were raised -- allowing fresh air to fill the room where worshipers packed wooden pews. Some attendees used handheld fans for a little more comfort.

A picnic dinner followed on church grounds. Some people sat at tables while others stood and enjoyed talking with kinfolk and others on the spring day.

Later that afternoon, those attending the church anniversary piled onto wagons and other tough-terrain vehicles for a tour of the area, which resembled a ride back into the history of what once was known as Wrightsborough, Ga.

William Wansley, his wife, Stevi and their daughter, Elizabeth, who live off Stagecoach Road near Thomson, were among those who attended the special events.

"We were at Wrightsborough because we love history and because Stevi has discovered that Elizabeth and I descend directly from two of the original Quaker settlers and three of the non-Quakers," said Mr. Wansley via e-mail. "They owned some of the original lots, making Elizabeth the 12th generation of our family to live here."

Mr. Wansley pointed out that he was a direct descendant of Thomas Ansley, the original owner of the historic Rock House, which also is located near Thomson.

"Stevi jokes that my family has been here 240 years and we've only moved approximately 10 miles," added Mr. Wansley.

Web posted on Thursday, May 06, 2010

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