First Methodist

 

First Methodist Church, Jasper, Florida (Hamilton County)
First Methodist Church, Jasper, Florida (Hamilton County)

Shortly before hitting the Georgia state line north of Lake City is the town of Jasper, Florida.  The church pictured was built in 1878 and has had a few modifications over the years.  The architectural style is Carpenter Gothic, and a prominent bell tower is featured on the front facade.  In the early 1930’s, a small country church was moved to Jasper and attached at the northeast corner of the building.   The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as “United Methodist Church”.

Haven Memorial Methodist Episcopal

Haven Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Waynesboro, Georgia
Haven Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Waynesboro, Georgia (Burke County)

Located near the railroad line in Waynesboro, Georgia, is the old wood-framed church of Haven Memorial Methodist Episcopal.  The building was constructed in 1888 and has Gothic Revival detail, including pointed arches.  The church was associated with Haven Academy, which was a school founded just after the Civil War to serve the former slaves.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

 

Richland Presbyterian

Richland Presbyterian Church, South Carolina
Richland Presbyterian Church, South Carolina

Several miles southeast of Columbia is the historic Richland Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1883, the church was built a year later and used until the early 1920s when a new brick church was built in a neighboring town. The frame building features a tower with a gothic-arched portal and is essentially unaltered since construction.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.  A cemetery lies just behind the church.

Mizpah Methodist

Mizpah Methodist Church, Olar, South Carolina
Children’s graffiti from the late 1800s in a back pew. Mizpah Methodist Church, Olar, South Carolina (Bamberg County)

I stopped by this historic weatherboard framed church in the middle of the day when the light wasn’t at its best. But a caretaker happened to be cleaning up at the time and invited me to see the interior, which turned out to be good luck.  One of the more interesting views was seeing all the original scribbles that were still in the pews dating back to the 19th century.  The church itself, near Olar, South Carolina, was built in 1856 and includes both Greek Revival and Gothic Revival features.  It’s said to be the only building in the area to survive destruction from the Union troops during the Civil War. Today, the church is still active and is included on the National Register of Historic Places ( http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/bamberg/S10817705006/index.htm ).

Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist

Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Twin City, Georgia (Emanuel County)
Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Twin City, Georgia (Emanuel County)

Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church is in another small town in Georgia named Twin City. The church is part of a historic area on the National Register of Historic Places.  This church was built in 1907.

Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran

Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, South Dakota (Harding County)
Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, South Dakota (Harding County)

A large number of homesteaders from Norway began to settle in this quiet part of South Dakota in the early 1900s.  As the sign indicates, Golden Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church was built in 1921.  It’s a frame building with a gabled roof  in the “rural Gothic” style seen in some of the other churches in the area.  There’s a small cemetery to the left of the church and an outhouse to the right. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places about 30 years ago and is now privately owned.