St. Paul A.M.E.

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greene County, Georgia
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greene County, Georgia

It’s believed that St. Paul A.M.E. was built around the turn of the twentieth century, but nobody seems to know for sure.  It’s located near Siloam, Georgia and seems to be abandoned now.

St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Greene County, Geor

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Stono Baptist

Stono Baptist Church, Ravenel, Charleston County, South Carolina
Stono Baptist Church, Ravenel, Charleston County, South Carolina

On the way east to Charleston you’ll pass through the small community of Ravenel, South Carolina and this abandoned church.  Stono Baptist Church was organized in 1842, though their first church burned down in 1878.  This damaged building was the replacement from 1884. From another website, it said that the church had strict rules for behavior in the first few decades, and in addition to the typical drinking, dancing and profanity violations, hair pulling, tattling or missing three Sundays of church in a row would also get someone excommunicated.  It’s believed that the church was active until World War II, but possibly has been dormant since then.  As you can see below, the interior of the church is long gone.  The small cemetery behind the church is still in use.

Mt. Zion

Mount Zion Methodist, Hancock County, Georgia
Mount Zion Methodist, Hancock County, Georgia

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.

 

 

Langberg Church

Langberg Church, near Rhame, North Dakota (Bowman County)
Langberg Church, near Rhame, North Dakota (Bowman County)

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

Silva Lutheran Church, Silva, North Dakota (Pierce County)
Silva Lutheran Church, Silva, North Dakota (Pierce County)

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.

 

Saint Petri Lutheran

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St. Petri Lutheran Church, Gary, Minnesota

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.