Smyrna Baptist Church was organized in 1827 and originally called Kirkland Church after its Reverand. In 1836 the name was changed to Smyrna Baptist. It’s located off of Highway 22, near Allendale, South Carolina. The architecture is an antebellum frame structure of meeting house design on a brick foundation. It’s uncertain when the building was built but the best estimate is 1827. A metal roof was added in the 1970s and the church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. A small cemetery surrounds the structure where many of Allendale’s earliest prominent families were buried.
In the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) Mountains in northern New Mexico is a series of small pueblos. In many of them there is a small church established during the Spanish missions of the 17th century. This church in Picuris Pueblo (San Lorenzo) has changed over the years, and using historical records, it was rebuilt in the 1960s to resemble the church as it looked in 1778.
Although Center Methodist Church has existed since the early 1800s, this is the third building, built in 1914. It features a pair of steeples and gothic stained glass windows. There is still a small congregation using the church today.
When I first saw a photo of this old church online, it was in a newspaper article that said it was scheduled to be demolished. So I made a point to get to Augusta, Georgia before that happened. As of now, it looks like there are still attempts to save the building, but its fate is uncertain. Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal was established in 1840 and this building was built in the 1890s, according to information online. That conflicts with the cornerstone on the church that says that it was rebuilt in 1921, so I’m unclear on the timeline. In the 1990s, it was discovered that there was underground contamination in the area from a nearby gas plant and the congregation moved in 1998. Since then, the building has been unused and continues to deteriorate.
Built in 1948, Lavonia Methodist Church is not as old as most of the churches I usually stop at, but it had a distinctive character that caught my eye when passing through this small town in the northeast corner of Georgia. According to a plaque on the front of the building, the previous church was built in 1907 and burned at the end of 1946.
Little River Baptist Church in Nova Scotia, Canada was built in late 1876. The wooden church with Gothic detailing also features a central tower. The church and cemetery are now part of the heritage designation for Canada’s Historic Places.
Another small town church. Happy Home Baptist is found in Allendale, South Carolina. Although the congregation was formed just after the Civil War and originally used the name Zion Branch Baptist Church, it later renamed and this Gothic Revival brick church was built in 1911.