St. George Episcopal

St. George Episcopal Church, St. George Island, Duval County, Fl
St. George Episcopal Church, Fort George Island, Duval County, Florida

St. George Episcopal Church is on Fort George Island, just north of Jacksonville, Florida.  The Carpenter-gothic building was finished in 1882 as the Episcopal church was expanding missions in the southeast.  A good summary of the history of this particular church is on the church’s website here.

St. George Episcopal Church, St. George Island, Duval County, Fl

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Fernandina Beach Churches

First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida

First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fernandina Beach is a small coastal town in the northeast corner of Florida.  The area was founded by the Spanish as a military outpost and a mission not long after they established St. Augustine to the south.  The small center of town has several old churches including the three shown here.  First Missionary Baptist Church (above) was organized in 1860 and later built a gothic-style church in 1874.  It’s the oldest Black Missionary Baptist church still in service in the state.  The church was last renovated in 2007.

Trinity United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida
Trinity United Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Trinity Church has history back to 1822 when a missionary came to Amelia Island to establish a congregation.  Their first church was eventually built in 1869 and was replaced by this masonry brick building in 1891.

First Presybterian Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida
First Presbyterian Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida

First Presbyterian Church is a simple frame building with a small entrance porch.  It’s the oldest church standing in town, built in 1859.

Barnett Methodist

Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia
Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia

Barnett Methodist Church is in a quiet, rural spot in Warren County, Georgia.  Apparently the church was once part of a railroad junction and was among hotels, offices, and a train station, though there’s no evidence of any of that today except for the train tracks nearby.    The church was built some time around 1876.

The small cemetery next to the church has a few graves, including a large guardian angel over the plot of a woman who died in 1900.  She was the daughter of the landowner who donated the property to the church.

Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia
Barnett Methodist Church, Warren County, Georgia

Society Hill Churches

Society Hill Presbyterian Church, Society Hill, South Carolina
Society Hill Presbyterian Church, Society Hill, South Carolina

Society Hill Presbyterian (above) organized in 1891 and temporarily held services in a local school until this South Carolina church was built in 1893.

Trinity Episcopal Church was organized in 1833 and their original building shown below was built the following year.  It was the first and only Episcopal church in the county until 25 years later since most of Darlington County’s residents at the time were Baptist.  The church has been inactive since 1931, though holds an annual service in April.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Society Hill, South Carolina
Trinity Episcopal Church, Society Hill, South Carolina

Sheldon Ruins

Old Sheldon Church Ruins, formerly Prince William Parish Church,
Old Sheldon Church Ruins, formerly Prince William Parish Church, near Yemassee, South Carolina

From the historical marker by the church:

“Prince William’s Parish Church (Sheldon Church) was built circa 1751-1757 and partially burned during the American Revolution, with its interior and roof rebuilt 1825-1826.  This Anglican church was primarily paid for by Lt. Gov. William Bull who is buried here.  It is often called Sheldon, after Bull’s plantation.  Local loyalists burned the church in 1779 during a raid by Gen. Augustine Prevost.  It was assumed by many area residents in 1865 and has widely been believed since that Federal troops burned Sheldon Church during the last months of the Civil War.  It was actually dismantled by local freedman circa 1865-1867.”

The church is located in a rural area in South Carolina’s low country in Beaufort County.

 

Little River Baptist

Little River Baptist Church, Jenkinsville, South Carolina (Fairfield County)
Little River Baptist Church, Jenkinsville, South Carolina (Fairfield County)

Little River Baptist Church is in Jenkinsville, South Carolina.  The Greek Revival building was completed sometime around 1845.  The rural church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as being one of the older Baptist churches in South Carolina.  It was damaged by Union troops during the Civil War, but was in use through the early 20th century, until closing after members joined churches in the surrounding communities.  Shortly after World War II, the church reopened and appears well maintained today.

Church of the Epiphany

Church of the Epiphany, Eutawville, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)
Church of the Epiphany, Eutawville, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)

The Church of the Epiphany is located in Eutawville, South Carolina and has a long history as described on this Episcopal church’s website.  There were earlier church buildings used by the English settlers in the region, but a chapel was built in 1849 for the planters who spent their summers in town and was it consecrated as an Episcopal church a century later in 1949.