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.
It was a gloomy and cool afternoon when I stopped by the abandoned Langberg Church in Bowman County, North Dakota. I tried to photograph the interior but it was very dark and generally gutted, so it wasn’t worth showing here. From what I’ve read, the building has served as a church, a school, and even a home for awhile.
Silva Lutheran Church in North Dakota has been abandoned for some time. The steeple is now in a cemetery a few miles away. When I was taking a few photos, the owner drove over to check things out and said he was trying to find some funds to fix some maintenance issues with the building, but otherwise it’s just been sitting quietly. The town was founded in 1912, so I would guess this church may have been built soon after. Today only a couple of people remain in what’s left of Silva.
I had hoped to get a better photo than this of an old church in Auburn, North Dakota, but vegetation is starting to hide much of the building. It’s clearly been abandoned for awhile, but it may have once been known as St. Anne’s Catholic Church. I haven’t found the history as of now.
St. Petri Lutheran was built circa 1880 a mile east of Gary, Minnesota. The welcome sign states that the final service was April 24th, but I couldn’t say whether it was this year (2018) or not. The church was unlocked, so I went in and found that the pews had been removed but a lot of the church’s decorations and records remained. There were old annual reports scattered about with dates of 2003 and 2004, so people have been looking around inside, but fortunately there wasn’t any obvious vandalism yet. There’s an accompanying cemetery with graves also dating to the 1880s.
Concordia Pioneer Lutheran church is now abandoned and sits in a rural prairie field in Roberts County, South Dakota. For such an interesting looking church, not much history is available. It looks to have been active from 1893 to 1976.