Lavonia Methodist

Lavonia Methodist Church, Lavonia, Georgia (Franklin County)

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.

 

Big Buckhead Baptist

Big Buckhead Baptist Church, Jenkins County, Georgia
Big Buckhead Baptist Church, Jenkins County, Georgia

 

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.

 

St. Alphonsus Catholic

St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Victoria Mines, Nova Scotia
St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Victoria Mines, Nova Scotia

St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church commands attention at the top of a hill overlooking Sydney Harbor in Nova Scotia, Canada.  It was built in 1916 and closed less than a century later in 2007.  Since then, it’s been fighting to avoid demolition and today it’s fate hasn’t yet been sealed.  There’s a tentative plan to sell the church to a restoration group, but the financial dealings are not all in place, so time will tell.

St. Paul C.M.E.

St. Paul CME Church, Hancock County, Georgia
St. Paul CME Church, Hancock County, Georgia

This rural wood frame church in Georgia was organized in 1857 and has an interesting history.  A wealthy plantation owner had a relationship with one of his slaves and ultimately their daughter inherited all of his property (17,000 acres) after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in her favor over other decedents disputing his will.  At the time, she became the wealthiest African-American woman in the U.S.  The other slaves of the plantation owner had started this church before the Civil War and were deeded the property in 1870.  This building’s history dates from either the 1870s or 1880s – a definite year isn’t recorded.

Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Church of the Purification, Locust Grove Catholic Church, Taliaf

The oldest Catholic church in the state of Georgia is located in the small town of Sharon. This wood frame building was built in 1821, though originally it was located next to the original cemetery a few miles away in Locust Grove (moved in 1877).  Locust Grove Catholic church, now Church of the Purification, is hopefully on its way to being more securely preserved.  For more history and the plans to protect the church, follow this link Purification Church .