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.
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 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.
Although Blackville Methodist Church in South Carolina dates from the mid-19th century, the original church burned in 1887. The foundation survived, but it wasn’t until 1897 that the building shown here was constructed.
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.
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 .
Locust Grove Catholic Cemetery, near Sharon, Georgia
Locust Grove Catholic Cemetery, near Sharon, Georgia. There are fewer than 100 graves in the cemetery, the oldest dating from 1826.
This Baptist church (organized 1806) is the fourth building on the same site in White Plains, Georgia, It dates from 1886 and the wood frame sanctuary features a square tower and is adjacent to a small cemetery. The church is well maintained and still in use today.