Gethsemane Missionary Baptist

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Cordele,, Georgia (Crisp County)
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Cordele, Georgia (Crisp County)

I was driving out of Cordele, Georgia before sunrise one morning and spotted this Baptist church off to the side of the road.  It’s another one that I haven’t been able to find the exact age.

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Metropolitan Baptist

Metropolitan Baptist Church, Burke County, Georgia
Metropolitan Baptist Church, Burke County, Georgia

South of Augusta, in Waynesboro, Georgia is Metropolitan Baptist Church.  It’s a couple blocks off of the main street through town.  So far, I haven’t found its age or anything about the history.  Other Waynesboro Churches include Haven Memorial Methodist and First Presbyterian.

Sharon Methodist

Sharon United Methodist, Taliaferro County, Georgia
Sharon United Methodist, Taliaferro County, Georgia

What’s now known as Sharon Methodist Church, in the small town of Sharon, Georgia, was built in 1903.  This congregation organized in late 1886 after previously having been affiliated with a another nearby church.  The Victorian style is quite a bit different than other Protestant churches in this part of Georgia.  It’s only a couple minutes away from Locust Grove Catholic Church featured in an earlier post.

Salem Methodist

Salem Methodist Church, Sumter County, Georgia
Salem Methodist Church, Sumter County, Georgia

Salem Methodist Church in Sumter County, Georgia was organized in 1836.  This building, built in 1895, was the third church on this spot close to the town of Americus. Later, Sunday school rooms and a social hall were added.  I took this photo early on a Sunday just as the pastor was arriving to open up the church.

Old Young’s Chapel

Old Young's Chapel Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia
Old Young’s Chapel Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia

Old Young’s Chapel Baptist Church was built in the last part of the 19th century in a rural part of Wilkes County in northeast Georgia.  It’s been abandoned for awhile and the interior is filled with miscellaneous squatter furniture and some trash.  There’s an adjacent cemetery that’s being overtaken by the surrounding pine woods.  Hopefully this old church can hang on until someone cares enough to save it.

Midway Congregational

Midway Congregational Church, Liberty County, Georgia
Midway Congregational Church, Liberty County, Georgia

Midway Congregational Church is in a rural area not far from I-95 in eastern Georgia. The area was settled by Puritans in the 18th century.  The colonial architecture is unusual for the area and the current church was built in 1792, with the first having been burned by the British in 1778 during the Revolutionary War.  The interior includes a large slave gallery and partitioned pews with doors.  The building is part of the Midway Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.  The

Midway Congregational Church Cemetery  located across the street is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Burials include two American Revolutionary War Generals, and a former state governor.