Church of the Holy Comforter

Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)

With the increase of winter visitors to Florida in the late 1800s, the Crescent City, Florida area decided they needed a church.  So the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter was built and services first held in early 1878.  The design is considered Carpenter Gothic, developed by Richard Upjohn, a British born architect who also lived in New York.  This architectural style was modeled on the Gothic architecture of the Anglican churches and allowed skilled local carpenters to help poorer or more rural parishes to design affordable, but attractive places to worship.  Many of these Carpenter Gothic churches in Florida were built along the St. Johns River, which was a major travel route for early travelers.


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”.

Pisgah United Methodist

Pisgah Methodist Church, Darlington County, South Carolina
Pisgah Methodist Church, Florence County, South Carolina

On the edge of a cotton field, Pisgah Methodist Church featured here was organized in 1806.  Early on it was referred to as “Russell’s Meeting House”  in honor of Dempsey Russell who donated an acre to the congregation.  A frame church was built in 1879 and later, the red-roofed Carpenter Gothic style building was built in 1914. It’s located just outside of Florence, South Carolina.