St. James Episcopal

St. James Episcopal Church, Livingston, Alabama (Sumter County)
St. James Episcopal Church, Livingston, Alabama (Sumter County)

St. James Episcopal was built in 1842.  The architecture originally was Greek Revival, but later was changed by Gothic modifications.  It’s located in the town of Livingston, Alabama in the mid-western portion of the state.

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Bladon Springs Methodist

Bladon Springs Methodist Church, Bladon Springs, Alabama (Choctaw County)
Bladon Springs Methodist Church, Bladon Springs, Alabama (Choctaw County)

Bladon Springs Methodist Church was built sometime around 1874 in a town that featured a well known hotel and spa centering around the popular mineral springs.  That area, and this church are included within Bladon Springs State Park in western Alabama.

Oakey Streak Methodist

Oakey Streak Methodist Church, Oakey Streak, Alabama (Butler County)
Oakey Streak Methodist Church, Oakey Streak, Alabama (Butler County)

Oakey Streak, Alabama got its name from the abundance of oak trees in the area.  Oakey Streak Methodist Church was organized in 1831 with a log building serving as the meetinghouse.  The structure shown was built sometime in the  latter part of the 19th century, but the exact year has been lost.  This Gothic style of architecture was popular in the southeast after the  Civil War.  The square tower was added in 1903 with only a few minor changes since.  There’s also a cemetery on the property with graves back to the Civil War.  The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Interior, Oakey Streak Methodist Church
Interior, Oakey Streak Methodist Church

Boligee Churches

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Boligee, Alabama
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Boligee, Alabama

In the small town of Boligee, Alabama are a pair of well-kept old churches.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1852.  The church here was completed in 1854, and moved from a plantation area twelve miles away to Boligee in 1880 after disassembling and moving the building with oxcarts.

Boligee Presbyterian Church, Boligee, Alabama (Greene County)
Boligee Presbyterian Church, Boligee, Alabama (Greene County)

Nearby Boligee Presbyterian Church was established in 1900.

Gainesville Churches

Gainesville Methodist Church, Gainesville, Alabama (Sumter County)
Gainesville Methodist Church, Gainesville, Alabama (Sumter County)

Gainesville Methodist Church is a late Greek-Revival building built in 1872. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Gainesville (Alabama) Historic District.

Close by is Gainesville Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in town.  It’s also Greek-Revival architecture with a two-stage lovered belfry and is largely unaltered since its construction in 1838. It was locked when I was there, but the NRHP inventory mentions the interior includes a U-shaped slave gallery, original whale oil lamps, and a reed organ from 1890.

Gainesville Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Alabama (Sumter County)
Gainesville Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Alabama (Sumter County)

 

Brewersville United Methodist

Brewersville United Methodist Church, Sumter County, Alabama
Brewersville United Methodist Church, Sumter County, Alabama

Built sometime around 1850, The United Methodist Church in Brewersville, Alabama looks very similar to the year it was constructed before the Civil War.  Although the building was locked on the day I stopped by, the interior still has the original pews with a center divider that separated men and women as well as a small slave gallery.

Riderwood Union

Riderwood Union Church, Choctaw County, Alabama
Riderwood Union Church, Choctaw County, Alabama

Around 1925, Riderwood Union Church was built by the Jackson Lumber Company as a community church.  Different services were held by the local Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians who shared the building.  The religious use of the wood frame church ended in the mid-1990s, but it’s still used from time to time for community events.  It’s located in Choctaw County, in western Alabama.

Interior of Riderwood Union Church
Interior of Riderwood Union Church