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.
Nearby Boligee Presbyterian Church was established in 1900.
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.
Gainesville Methodist Church, Alabama
A friendly horse curiously watching the photographer.
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.
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.
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.
There are two large churches only a hundred yards apart on Camden, Alabama’s Broad Street. First Presbyterian Church of Camden was organized in 1845. This is their second church building, constructed in the mid-1880s. The design includes an open shingle belfry and bracketed cornice.
Camden Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was built circa 1849 as Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Reformed group organized in 1890 and purchased this building. There was a remodel and new steeple added in 1906.
This country church is in rural Wilcox County, Alabama. It was built in 1914 and the closest town is probably Camden, Alabama. There’s a small cemetery surrounding the left side and rear of the church with a few dozen markers. The church is included on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage.
In addition to Furman’s Bethsaida Baptist, the small town has a Methodist Church around the corner. Furman Methodist, built in 1882, replaced an earlier version from 1857. The Greek Revival influenced design includes an octagonal bell tower and six box columns leading into the church. It’s included as part of the Furman Historic District’s entry into the National Register of Historic Places.
There’s an abandoned Presbyterian church near the community of Coatopa, Alabama that is still in fairly good condition. There doesn’t seem to be much information online, but it’s possible that it’s now owned by the Sumter County Historical Society.
Below is a short video clip I shot which shows the inside of the church.