In addition to the Hawthorne museum included previously, Hawthorne, Florida has other old churches including First Baptist Church shown above and the United Methodist Church below.
First Baptist Church was constituted in 1852 and held services in a brush arbor until 1853. A log house was used until this building was completed in 1889. The church built a more modern brick building in 1990 and apparently uses this for storage now.
First United Methodist Church, Hawthorne, Florida
First United Methodist church members first met in the local Presbyterian church when they started in 1890. Although the exact year is uncertain, it’s believed this church was completed by 1895. A parsonage was added in 1914 and a Sunday School annex was added in the 1930s.
Today this building is one of the eleven Karpeles Museum locations in the U.S., but when built in 1921, it was the First Church of Christ Scientist in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s a large Greek Revival building with doric columns designed by local architects. The church membership organized in 1897 and met in a variety of locations before building at this location. The group dissolved in 1993 and sold the building to David Karpeles.
St. George Episcopal Church is on Fort George Island, just north of Jacksonville, Florida. The Carpenter-gothic building was finished in 1882 as the Episcopal church was expanding missions in the southeast. A good summary of the history of this particular church is on the church’s website here.
First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida
Fernandina Beach is a small coastal town in the northeast corner of Florida. The area was founded by the Spanish as a military outpost and a mission not long after they established St. Augustine to the south. The small center of town has several old churches including the three shown here. First Missionary Baptist Church (above) was organized in 1860 and later built a gothic-style church in 1874. It’s the oldest Black Missionary Baptist church still in service in the state. The church was last renovated in 2007.
Trinity Church has history back to 1822 when a missionary came to Amelia Island to establish a congregation. Their first church was eventually built in 1869 and was replaced by this masonry brick building in 1891.
First Presbyterian Church is a simple frame building with a small entrance porch. It’s the oldest church standing in town, built in 1859.
When I typically drove through Waldo, Florida, its main claim to fame was notoriety as a Florida speed trap for drivers on Highway 301 through the center of the state. That practice recently ended with a law change and the eventual elimination of the small police force in town. I did pull over when passing through town for a better reason, to take a few photos of the First United Methodist Church, built in 1910. It’s part of the town’s National Register of Historic Places entry. The town peaked in the late 1800s as a railroad town and has been fairly stagnant since World War II. The church above was no longer in use at the time of the photo.