I’ve passed this church in Mitchell, Georgia at least twice driving around Georgia, but it always has been in the middle of the day when the light was the harshest. It’s located in a small town, and it’s clear it’s still used and well taken care of. Unfortunately, nobody was around when I took these photos so I’m unsure of the age and history of the church.
Williams Creek Baptist Church is a little more difficult to drive to than most. It’s located in Georgia close to I-20, but has to be reached through less traveled, smaller dirt roads. The church was organized in 1787 and is still in use today, including a small adjacent cemetery. There are some old records of misdeeds preserved at this site, but otherwise I haven’t seen too much on this church.
Just outside of Guyton, Georgia is another church called Marlow United Methodist. It was built in 1905 with timber donated by local Presbyterians. The wheelchair ramp was added in 1997 and a new roof was added a couple years later when a tornado ripped off the existing one. On the centennial anniversary in 2005, the cornerstone was opened to reveal items placed by the earlier church members had been severely damaged by weathering over the 100 years.
Organized in 1786, this Methodist church in rural Wilkes County, Georgia has been moved a few times over the centuries. This building replaced the second structure largely destroyed by windstorms in 1957. The church’s name references Henry Pope who provided the timber for the first church building. It’s located a couple minutes away from Friendship Baptist included in an earlier post.
Canon Unitarian Universalist is the last of the three churches sitting close together in the heart of Canon, Georgia. Canon Baptist and Canon Methodist were shown in earlier posts. This church, located just south of the Baptist Church (in the background), is active and dates back to circa 1885. Significant architectural features include Gothic-arched doors and windows and the interior has the original pews. It’s also included on the Canon Churches entry in the National Register.
Brinson Methodist was organized in 1867 as Spring Creek. Next it was Mt. Zion and later Brinson Methodist. The current church building in Decatur County, Georgia dates from 1901 and the parsonage from about 1915. It’s part of Brinson Historic District’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places .
Organized around the time of the Civil War, First Presbyterian is located in Union Point, Georgia. This brick church was built in 1898 and features large stained glass windows. The church was locked when I was there, but photos of the windows from the interior are included on the HRCGA website.
Evergreen Congregational Church and School are in Grady County located in southern Georgia. It was originally organized in 1903, demolished in 1925, and rebuilt in 1928 along with a one-classroom school (1911). The church is listed on the National Register due to the historic nature and importance in the rural African-American community in this region of the state. A former mayor of Atlanta (Andrew Young) was also pastor here for a few years. A thorough history of the church is listed on the National Park Service website at this link.
Located in Metcalfe, Georgia, Friendship Baptist was built around 1889. It was added when the town began prospering with railroad traffic. Within about 20 years, growth slowed and agriculture continued to be a primary driver for the town. The church is still active today.
The last of the Darien, Georgia churches is St. Cyprian’s Episcopal. It was another church founded by former slaves, this time in the coastal area of southern Georgia. It’s also fairly unique in that it was largely built of tabby (see Woodbine Episcopal) when completed in 1876. It’s affiliated with Darien’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal.