Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist

Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist Church, 1874, Ware County,
Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist Church, 1874, Ware County,

This old church is slowly rotting away on a rural road in southern Georgia.  Ezekiel Congregational Methodist Church was built around the turn of the 20th century and definitive information about its history is a little hard to come by.  It’s a Carpenter Gothic design and despite fire damage, still has some gingerbread ornamentation remaining.  It’s not far from the Ruskin church which has some similar decorative touches.

 

Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist Church, 1874, Ware County,
Interior ruins, Ezekiel New Congregational Methodist Church

Bethel Norwegian Lutheran

Bethel Norwegian Lutheran Church, near Harvey, North Dakota (Wells County)
Bethel Norwegian Lutheran Church, near Harvey, North Dakota (Wells County)

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.

Cedar Grove Methodist

 

Cedar Grove Methodist Church, Tattnall County, Georgia
Cedar Grove Methodist Church, Tattnall County, Georgia

This is another abandoned church with a doubtful future.  Located in rural Tattnall County, Georgia, Cedar Grove Methodist was organized in 1887.  From information found online, it looks like the church was last used for services over 30 years ago.  There are a few grave markers behind the church, but not much more evidence of its long history.

Welsh Presbyterian

Welsh Presbyterian Church, Plana, South Dakota (Brown County)

Welsh Presbyterian Church is in Plana, South Dakota.  I stopped by here just before sunset as a strong thunderstorm was heading in, so the the light was excellent.  The church was built in 1887 by Welsh immigrants.  A sign on the front of the building says that it closed in 1941 and in 1995 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Young’s Chapel

Young's Chapel, Ben Hill County, Georgia
Young’s Chapel, Ben Hill County, Georgia

This is one of the first abandoned churches I photographed in Georgia and it’s on a quiet dirt road in the south central part of the state in Ben Hill County.  Unfortunately, the last time I visited it had recently suffered some serious vandalism which left it even more exposed to the weather.  It borders a cotton field and dates to circa 1876.  Records have it last used for services over 40 years ago.

North Grand

North Grand Church, near Hettinger, North Dakota (Adams County), 1909
North Grand Church, near Hettinger, North Dakota (Adams County)

North Grand Church,  near Hettinger, North Dakota looks more stable on the outside than it does inside. Serving the nearby Lutherans, the church was active between 1909 and 1969.  There’s a small cemetery in the back of the property and the isolated church sits surrounded by farmland for several miles.

 

St. Simon’s Episcopal

St. Simon's Episcopal Church, Peak, South Carolina
St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Peak, South Carolina (Newberry County), circa 1900

In rural Peak, South Carolina, St. Simon’s Episcopal Church still stands at the end of a small road on the edge of a woodland.  The church was built circa 1900 and today is used for storage.  From information found online, it seems this was last an active church in the early 1920s.