St. Peter Lutheran Church is in a farm area in Jackson County, South Dakota. I haven’t had much luck finding more about its history. I have seen an older photo and it looks like some slight alterations have been made on the front of the building since that one was taken. There’s a cemetery on-site and some folks were mowing the grounds when I stopped by, so it’s safe to say the church is still in use today.
Shortly before hitting the Georgia state line north of Lake City is the town of Jasper, Florida. The church pictured was built in 1878 and has had a few modifications over the years. The architectural style is Carpenter Gothic, and a prominent bell tower is featured on the front facade. In the early 1930’s, a small country church was moved to Jasper and attached at the northeast corner of the building. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as “United Methodist Church”.
One of the oldest Baptist churches in Georgia, Big Buckhead Baptist is located in a remote section of southern Georgia. Although the church was organized circa 1774, the Greek Revival building was built in 1845 and is the fourth church built on the site. It’s also another Georgia church building with the separate entrances for men and women. Supposedly inside there are hoof marks on some of the pews made when the wood was used to help Confederate cavalry cross a nearby creek. On the couple occasions I’ve stopped by, the church was locked so I wasn’t able to confirm that story. There is also a small cemetery across the road surrounded and partially hidden by trees. And just a few hundred yards down the road was the Carswell Grove Baptist Church mentioned in an earlier post.
Driving along a rural highway, you can’t miss this church. Surrounded only be farmland, Bethel Norwegian Lutheran has been fighting the North Dakota winters since 1915. When this part of the state was more active, the trains would pass nearby and small towns marked the stops every few miles. The closest town is Harvey, about 10 miles west. Although small, the cemetery beside the church is still active.
Christ Episcopal Church in Augusta was built in 1871. The church was originally located up a nearby hill and logs were used to literally roll the church to its new spot in 1882.
St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church commands attention at the top of a hill overlooking Sydney Harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was built in 1916 and closed less than a century later in 2007. Since then, it’s been fighting to avoid demolition and today it’s fate hasn’t yet been sealed. There’s a tentative plan to sell the church to a restoration group, but the financial dealings are not all in place, so time will tell.
Although Blackville Methodist Church in South Carolina dates from the mid-19th century, the original church burned in 1887. The foundation survived, but it wasn’t until 1897 that the building shown here was constructed.