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.

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Calvin United

Calvary United Church, Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Calvin United Church, Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

This church’s original congregation was Presbyterian and was organized sometime around 1850.  It’s located in a small fishing village near the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and appears to date from 1887.  Today (since 1925) it serves the United Church of Canada.

St. Francis De Assis

San Francisco de Asis, Golden, New Mexico
San Francisco de Asis, Golden, New Mexico

This small Catholic church in Golden, New Mexico was built in the 1830s to honor St. Francis of Assisi while the town was growing from a gold strike.  The latest restoration effort is detailed in this linked article from the Albuquerque Journal.

Entrance Wall to St. Francis De Assisi Catholic Church and cemetery.
Entrance Wall to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church and cemetery.

First Congregational

Marion First Congregational Church, Marion, Alabama
Marion First Congregational Church, Marion, Alabama

In July 1867, the Lincoln School of Marion was established by freed slaves and a small building was used for teaching.  Soon, the school building was also used by the visiting Congregational minister on Sundays until a formal church could be built.  First Congregational Church of Marion was built in 1871  by the freedmen and serves the African-American community in the town.  It’s a frame structure with a brick foundation wall and a bell tower.  This Perry County church is now included on the National Register of Historic Places.  The school eventually closed in the 1970s and most of the related buildings were demolished.

Cades Cove

Methodist Church, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Methodist Church, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove is a historic valley on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Federal government created the park in the early 20th century and preserved a number of the original buildings located in the cove once the remaining settlers were no longer living on park land.  A Missionary Baptist Church, A Primitive Baptist Church, and a Methodist Church are accessible today along the 11 mile loop.  The Methodist Church was originally built in the 1820s, but the one shown here replaced it in 1902.  Although this building has the separate door design for men and women entrances, in practice the sexes weren’t divided inside.

Interior of Cades Cove Methodist Church
Interior of Cades Cove Methodist Church
Missionary Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Missionary Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Missionary Baptist Church was an offshoot from the other Baptist Church in the cove when the members were expelled due to their favoring missionary work.  The church formed in 1839 and the building shown here dates from 1915.  The church finally closed in 1944.

Interior, Missionary Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Tennessee
Interior, Missionary Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Tennessee

Bethsaida Baptist

Bethsaida Baptist Church, Furman, Alabama
Bethsaida Baptist Church, Furman, Alabama

I met a helpful gentleman and his dog while taking a photo outside this church in Furman, Alabama.  He provided me with the history of this church and a quick look inside.  Bethsaida Baptist Church was founded in 1831 and the current building was built just before the Civil War in 1860.  The steeple and bell were added in 1891, when the membership was 141.  In recent years, the membership has decreased to a couple dozen, but there are still services held.   The Furman area historical district, which included this church, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

Bethsaida Baptist Church, Furman, Alabama
Interior of Bethsaida Baptist Church