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15 Minutes Away on Foot: Jingle Bells

December 20, 2010

This week, we highlight the “Jingle Bells” Church, located on Troup Square at 321 Habersham Street.

Jingle Bells Church, Savannah, GA
Jingle Bells Church, Savannah, GA. Photo by author

The church was built in 1850 and originally sat on Ogelthorpe Square, facing the Owens-Thomas House. In 1859, the church was moved to its present location on Troup Square. The church is referred to as the “Jingle Bells” Church because, as the story goes, from 1851 to 1859 John Pierpont, Jr. served as the minister of the congregation, with his brother, James Pierpont, serving as the congregation’s musical director and organist. It was during his time at the Savannah Unitarian Church that James Pierpont penned and copywrote his most famous work, “One Horse Open Sleigh” – later renamed “Jingle Bells.”

Historical Marker for “Jingle Bells” Church in Troup Square. Photo by author

The church was restored in 1997 by the current Unitarian Universalist congregation. Services are held at 11:00 am every Sunday.

Getting to the “Jingle Bells” Church from the Catherine Ward House Inn by foot is extremely easy. From door to door, it takes as little as 13 minutes to walk between the two.

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