Built in 1948, Lavonia Methodist Church is not as old as most of the churches I usually stop at, but it had a distinctive character that caught my eye when passing through this small town in the northeast corner of Georgia. According to a plaque on the front of the building, the previous church was built in 1907 and burned at the end of 1946.
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.
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.
Just south of Lexington, Georgia, is Friendship Baptist Church, dating from the late 1800s. There is a small cemetery behind the building and an old brick baptismal just down the small slope in front of the church. I photographed this church late in the day just before the shadows completely took over.
Abba Baptist Church is in an isolated spot in Irwin County, Georgia. The church organized in 1889 and this building was completed in 1907. The name used by the congregation has changed over the years, starting with Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, then New Mt. Zion at Abba and then to Abba Missionary Baptist Church.