First Baptist Church in Madison, Florida was built in 1898. It’s an octagonal church with much of the interior built out of pine. The Queen Ann style is rare in Florida and stands out from the mostly rectangular styles of other Baptist churches. The building was moved to the current location in 1956 and concrete steps and pilings were added, but the building itself is original from the 19th century. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The National Register of Historic Places lists the First Congregational Church in Turton to have been built in 1893. The plaque on the church shows 1892, but either way an older pioneer church in South Dakota. The “Country Gothic” style features a center tower and steeple with an open belfry and spire. The church was locked when I stopped by, so I included an interior photo taken through the window. Its history says that services were discontinued in 1963.
While driving in northern Georgia, I happened to drive by this interestingly designed church. It looks to be late 19th, early 20th century, but I haven’t found a history yet.
Ocoee Christian Church near Orlando was added to the National Register of Historic Places 20 years ago. The church was built in 1891 and is the oldest Florida church serving the Disciples of Christ denomination. The architectural style is Late Gothic Revival and I was able to grab a few photos just before sunset one afternoon.
Shortly before hitting the Georgia state line north of Lake City is the town of Jasper, Florida. The church pictured was built in 1878 and has had a few modifications over the years. The architectural style is Carpenter Gothic, and a prominent bell tower is featured on the front facade. In the early 1930’s, a small country church was moved to Jasper and attached at the northeast corner of the building. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as “United Methodist Church”.
One of the oldest Baptist churches in Georgia, Big Buckhead Baptist is located in a remote section of southern Georgia. Although the church was organized circa 1774, the Greek Revival building was built in 1845 and is the fourth church built on the site. It’s also another Georgia church building with the separate entrances for men and women. Supposedly inside there are hoof marks on some of the pews made when the wood was used to help Confederate cavalry cross a nearby creek. On the couple occasions I’ve stopped by, the church was locked so I wasn’t able to confirm that story. There is also a small cemetery across the road surrounded and partially hidden by trees. And just a few hundred yards down the road was the Carswell Grove Baptist Church mentioned in an earlier post.
Several miles southeast of Columbia is the historic Richland Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1883, the church was built a year later and used until the early 1920s when a new brick church was built in a neighboring town. The frame building features a tower with a gothic-arched portal and is essentially unaltered since construction. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. A cemetery lies just behind the church.