Balfour Lutheran

Balfour Lutheran Church, Balfour, North Dakota (McHenry County)

This old Lutheran church is now on private land and ended services several years ago.  It’s located in the quiet community of Balfour, North Dakota in the north-central part of the state.

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Old Young’s Chapel

Old Young's Chapel Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia
Old Young’s Chapel Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia

Old Young’s Chapel Baptist Church was built in the last part of the 19th century in a rural part of Wilkes County in northeast Georgia.  It’s been abandoned for awhile and the interior is filled with miscellaneous squatter furniture and some trash.  There’s an adjacent cemetery that’s being overtaken by the surrounding pine woods.  Hopefully this old church can hang on until someone cares enough to save it.

Trinity C.M.E.

Trinity C.M.E. Church, Augusta, Georgia (Richmond County)
Trinity C.M.E. Church, Augusta, Georgia (Richmond County)

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.

 

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.