Camden Churches

First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Camden, Alabama (Wilcox County)
First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Camden, Alabama (Wilcox County)

There are two large churches only a hundred yards apart on Camden, Alabama’s Broad Street.  First Presbyterian Church of Camden was organized in 1845.  This is their second church building, constructed in the mid-1880s.  The design includes an open shingle belfry and bracketed cornice.

Camden Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Camden, Alabama
Camden Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Camden, Alabama

Camden Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was built circa 1849 as Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  The Reformed group organized in 1890 and purchased this building.  There was a remodel and new steeple added in 1906.

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Stillmore Methodist

Stillmore United Methodist Church, Stillmore, Georgia (Emanuel County)
Stillmore United Methodist Church, Stillmore, Georgia (Emanuel County)

Stillmore First Methodist Episcopal Church in Georgia was organized in 1892.   Today it’s known as Stillmore United Methodist.   A woman associated with the church stopped her car when I was outside photographing and let me take a quick look inside.  The church appeared in good shape except some holes in the ceiling.  It’s a Romanesque Revival style brick church designed by Charles Edward Choate and built in 1908.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Interior, Stillmore United Methodist Church, Stillmore, Georgia (Emanuel County)
Three rows of wooden pews face the dais in an auditorium style.  

Crawfordville Baptist

Crawfordville Baptist, Taliaferro County, Georgia
Crawfordville Baptist, Taliaferro County, Georgia

Originally known as Bethel Baptist, Crawfordville Baptist organized in 1802.  This church sits in the small Georgia town of Crawfordville next to the birthplace of Alexander Stephens who was the Vice President of the Confederate States of America.  Stephens was later the Governor of Georgia once out of prison following the Civil War.  The church was built in 1889 and a cemetery is adjacent.  Here’s a nice little YouTube video that shows the area around the church grounds.

Furman Methodist

Furman Methodist Church, Furman, Alabama (Wilcox County)
Furman Methodist Church, Furman, Alabama (Wilcox County)

In addition to Furman’s Bethsaida Baptist, the small town has a Methodist Church around the corner.  Furman Methodist, built in 1882, replaced an earlier version from 1857.  The Greek Revival influenced design includes an octagonal bell tower and six box columns leading into the church.  It’s included as part of the Furman Historic District’s entry into the National Register of Historic Places.

Kempt Shore Presbyterian

Kempt Shore United Church and Cemetery, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Kempt Shore United Church and Cemetery, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada

Kempt Shore Presbyterian Church is in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s a wood frame church built on a sandstone block foundation and includes a basement.  The church was built in 1865 at the junction of the Avon River and Minas Basin by a former shipyard owner.   It became part of the United Church of Canda in the early 1900s and services were held in the church until 1967.  The church was added to the the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.

Stoney Creek Presbyterian

Stoney Creek Presbyterian Church, Hampton County, South Carolina
Stoney Creek Presbyterian Church, Hampton County, South Carolina

The official name of this church is Stoney Creek Presbyterian Chapel of Prince William Parish.  It has a long history to go with the name.  It was organized in 1743, and the Greek Revival chapel was built in 1833.  Union troops used the chapel as a hospital which may explain why it survived the war.  The Congregation lasted until 1967 and the church is now maintained by a Presbyterian church in Beaufort, South Carolina.  In the 1990s, the church appeared in a scene from the movie Forrest Gump where Tom Hanks prayed they would find some shrimp. In 2002 it was also added to the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Peters A.M.E.

St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walterboro, South Carolina
St. Peters African Methodist Episcopal Church, Walterboro, South Carolina

St. Peter’s A.M.E. was established in 1867 for freed slaves and is located in Colleton County, South Carolina.  The Gothic Revival church was built around 1870 (remodeled 1952) and is part of the Walterboro Historic District’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.