If you go back 140 years, you find Columbia County was an agricultural region where regular folks lived quiet lives.
Perhaps that’s what attracted a New England religious leader named Joseph Curry and his followers.
The sect settled on a farm called the Stearns place, “about 11 miles” from Augusta.
Soon, Curry began calling himself “Yahveh” and dressing in white robes. While this might have seemed odd to his neighbors, they were impressed with his knowledge of the Scriptures.