I was driving out of Cordele, Georgia before sunrise one morning and spotted this Baptist church off to the side of the road. It’s another one that I haven’t been able to find the exact age.
South of Augusta, in Waynesboro, Georgia is Metropolitan Baptist Church. It’s a couple blocks off of the main street through town. So far, I haven’t found its age or anything about the history. Other Waynesboro Churches include Haven Memorial Methodist and First Presbyterian.
What’s now known as Sharon Methodist Church, in the small town of Sharon, Georgia, was built in 1903. This congregation organized in late 1886 after previously having been affiliated with a another nearby church. The Victorian style is quite a bit different than other Protestant churches in this part of Georgia. It’s only a couple minutes away from Locust Grove Catholic Church featured in an earlier post.
Salem Methodist Church in Sumter County, Georgia was organized in 1836. This building, built in 1895, was the third church on this spot close to the town of Americus. Later, Sunday school rooms and a social hall were added. I took this photo early on a Sunday just as the pastor was arriving to open up the church.
Omaha, Georgia is another very small town in western Georgia, but still has several old churches. Omaha Baptist Church shown here was established in 1896. The earlier church was destroyed by a tornado in 1913, but was rebuilt the following year.
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.
Midway Congregational Church is in a rural area not far from I-95 in eastern Georgia. The area was settled by Puritans in the 18th century. The colonial architecture is unusual for the area and the current church was built in 1792, with the first having been burned by the British in 1778 during the Revolutionary War. The interior includes a large slave gallery and partitioned pews with doors. The building is part of the Midway Historic District which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The
Midway Congregational Church Cemetery located across the street is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Burials include two American Revolutionary War Generals, and a former state governor.