Mountain Grove Baptist

Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Dawson, Georgia (Terrell County)
Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Dawson, Georgia (Terrell County)

This small Baptist church is on Herod Highway near Dawson, Georgia in the western portion of the state.  It’s called Mountain Grove Baptist, but no luck finding more information so far.

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Akin Methodist

Akin Memorial United Methodist Church, Wayne County, Georgia
Akin Memorial United Methodist Church, Wayne County, Georgia

Built in 1892, Akin Memorial United Methodist Church is a little southeast of Jesup, Georgia off of Highway 341.  Originally called Mount Pleasant Methodist Church, it was built by a prominent businessman (Lawrence Akin) and was used in the earliest days by the workers of his lumber mill and the surrounding communities.  Recently, a renovation of the interior was completed and the church continues to be used today.  There is also a small cemetery alongside the building that includes the graves of many of the founder’s family members.

Barnett Methodist

Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia
Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia

Barnett Methodist Church is in a quiet, rural spot in Warren County, Georgia.  Apparently the church was once part of a railroad junction and was among hotels, offices, and a train station, though there’s no evidence of any of that today except for the train tracks nearby.    The church was built some time around 1876.

The small cemetery next to the church has a few graves, including a large guardian angel over the plot of a woman who died in 1900.  She was the daughter of the landowner who donated the property to the church.

Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia
Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia

Mt. Enon

Mt. Enon Church, Mitchell County, Georgia
Mt. Enon Church, Mitchell County, Georgia

Mount Enon Church (and Cemetery) south of Albany, Georgia is another rural church on the National Register of Historic Places.  This wooden one-story building, built in 1889,  was for a Baptist church that organized in 1857.  Although the church is maintained now by a historical society, the church ended services in 1928 from a gradual loss in membership.

Waynesboro Churches

First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Georgia (Burke County)
First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, Georgia (Burke County)

I’ve previously mentioned two other Waynesboro, Georgia old churches-  Haven Memorial and Metropolitan Baptist.  There are a few others only minutes away, including the First Presbyterian Church (above) and First United Methodist (below).  The Presbyterian church was founded by local Scottish settlers in 1760 and was the first religious congregation in the town.  This third church building is what you’ll find today at their location on Myrick Street.  It was built in 1884.

The Methodist Church is a much larger brick building around the corner on Liberty Street.  It was organized around 1815 and the building dates to 1938 according to the Waynesboro Historical District entry on the National Register of Historic Places.

First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, Georgia (Burke County)

First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, Georgia (Burke County)

Old Ruskin Church

Old Ruskin Church, Ware County, Georgia
Old Ruskin Church, Ware County, Georgia

Old Ruskin Church near Waycross, Georgia was built sometime around 1900. Because this link has such a thorough history of the church and the unusual beginnings of the community of Ruskin, I’ll defer to it.  It was a sister church to nearby Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist included in an earlier post.

Mt. Zion

Mount Zion Methodist, Hancock County, Georgia
Mount Zion Methodist, Hancock County, Georgia

Mt. Zion was organized as a Presbyterian church in 1813 and completed this building in 1814.  It’s located in Hancock County, Georgia and was used until 1903 when the membership fell to less than a dozen people.  Sold to the Methodists, it was used until 1958.  Unused for a few years, the church eventually was given to the local Historical Preservation group who has helped maintain the building since then.