Heil Church

Heil Church, Heil, North Dakota (Grant County)
Heil Church, Heil, North Dakota (Grant County)

Heil is another small North Dakota community with a population in the teens.  This photogenic church was probably built not long after the town was founded in 1911.  It looks to be only used now for storage when I stopped by.

 

Pine Hill Church

Pinehill Church, Brooks County, Georgia
Pine Hill Church, Brooks County, Georgia

What still remains of Pine Hill Christian Church can be found on a quiet dirt road in Brooks County, Georgia. Though records are unclear, it seems this church was founded in the last half of the nineteenth century by former slaves only a few miles from Grooverville Methodist and Liberty Baptist.  The church held services every third Sunday for part of the time, but eventually closed briefly in 1987, was active again for a few years and then officially closed for good in 2005.  It does seem that the little church is still looked after as the interior was fairly clean and there wasn’t any obvious signs of vandalism.

Augustana Swedish Lutheran

Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, near Sheyenne, North Dakota (Eddy County)
Augustana Swedish Lutheran Church, near Sheyenne, North Dakota (Eddy County)

This is another abandoned church in a remote area of North Dakota.  Augustana Swedish Lutheran was built in 1907 and was part of the large Scandinavian community that settled in the Dakotas. A visit inside the church was brief as there was a suffocating build up of bird/bat guano.  But a couple photos are included below.

 

 

Coatopa Church

Coatopa Church, Sumter County, Alabama
Coatopa Church, Sumter County, Alabama

There’s an abandoned Presbyterian church near the community of Coatopa, Alabama that is still in fairly good condition.  There doesn’t seem to be much information online, but it’s possible that it’s now owned by the Sumter County Historical Society.

Below is a short video clip I shot which shows the inside of the church.

Kief Church

 

Kief Church, North Dakota (McHenry County)
Kief Church, North Dakota (McHenry County)

This abandoned church was one of three in the rural town of Kief, North Dakota.  There were maybe a couple dozen people living in town when I stopped by.  This was the least maintained of the three, with one listed on the National Register (Liberty Baptist) and the other privately owned and used for storage (included in a future post).

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