Las Trampas

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico

Built in 1760, San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church is along the High Road to Taos, New Mexico. The village of Las Trampas was established in 1751 by a dozen families receiving a land grant from the Spanish governor.  The adobe walls are about six feet thick and the well-maintained church is considered one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture in New Mexico.  The National Park Service has a good history of the location here.  It’s located about ten miles away from San Lorenzo de Picuris.

San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church, Las Trampas, New Mexico
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Madison First Baptist

First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida
First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida

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.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, Turton, South Dakota (Spink County)
First Congregational Church, Turton, South Dakota (Spink County)

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.

Ocoee Christian

Ocoee Christian Church, Orange County, Florida
Ocoee Christian Church, Orange County, Florida

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.

First Methodist

 

First Methodist Church, Jasper, Florida (Hamilton County)
First Methodist Church, Jasper, Florida (Hamilton County)

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”.

Big Buckhead Baptist

Big Buckhead Baptist Church, Jenkins County, Georgia
Big Buckhead Baptist Church, Jenkins County, Georgia

 

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.