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.
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.
This historic Presbyterian church in Winnsboro, South Carolina dates from 1869. It’s a brick building with stucco on a granite foundation. The Presbyterians have had a congregation in the area since before 1785. An old cemetery surrounds the church that includes veterans of the American Revolutionary War.
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.
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.
Originally I stopped by this location in Wilcox County, Alabama to photograph an old schoolhouse. But right across the dirt road was this little church as a bonus. Prairie Mission was an African American school in rural Alabama. The United Presbyterian Church founded the mission in 1894 and classes for a few hundred children in grades 1-9 were held at the school until the 1950s. In addition to regular academic subjects, the girls were taught to sew and cook, and boys trained in the upkeep of buildings and gardening. Since affiliated with a church, the school also emphasized Christian ideals, thrift, and hard work. A local man was checking on his mother’s house while I was there and told me it was last used for teaching in the 1960s when segregation fully ended in the state. The church was rebuilt in 1937 on its original site, and today, the mission is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.