The Basilica of The Immaculate Conception is a Late Victorian Gothic church in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The first church was built of wood and dedicated in the mid 1800’s. In 1901, the church was one of over 2300 buildings destroyed by the city’s “Great Fire”, though the large statue of Virgin Mary remained in place.
Today’s Basilica was built in 1910 primarily of Kentucky limestone. Stained glass windows imported from Germany also highlighted the new building, which was the tallest in Jacksonville at the time. A more detailed history is included on the church’s website. It’s also included on the National Register of Historic Places.
The last of the Darien, Georgia churches is St. Cyprian’s Episcopal. It was another church founded by former slaves, this time in the coastal area of southern Georgia. It’s also fairly unique in that it was largely built of tabby (see Woodbine Episcopal) when completed in 1876. It’s affiliated with Darien’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal.
Although the last regular service at Springhill Methodist Church in Thomas County, Georgia was held in the 1970’s, it’s still in good shape after a restoration a few years ago. The old church was organized in 1823 and initially used a log building until this one was finished about a decade later. The cemetery on the grounds has about a hundred graves.
Located close to another Oliver, Georgia church included previously, Little Ogeechee Baptist Church was organized in 1790. The church sanctuary shown above is the second for the group and was built in 1912. General Sherman and his troops camped in this area during his march towards Savannah. The cemetery behind the church, which was used as a horse corral during that occupation, includes soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
Another Oliver church and cemetery is St. John Baptist Church. Organized in July 1871, this African-American church originally bought Little Ogeechee’s first church building for $125. They’re located on the north edge of the town.
I’m still trying to add the last of the Georgia churches I’ve photographed so far for the project, so I’ll include several miscellaneous sites here.
New Ogeechee Missionary Baptist Church is a historic rural church on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. Listed now on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1893 for the African-American population of the area. Although the congregation’s numbers are relatively small today, it’s still an active church. It’s located not far from another historic church included previously (St. Bartholomew Episcopal).
Located on the edge of Savannah’s downtown historic district, Greater St. James Temple, A.M.E. church has an interesting style.
Another Savannah church on the National Register, Nicholsonville Baptist dates from 1890. The original members of the church were former slaves from a plantation on St. Catherines Island in Liberty County. There’s a slightly older church on the property (below), but it is in a more deteriorated condition.
Asbury African Methodist Episcopal Church is in rural Screven County and another that I stopped quickly as I passed through the area. There’s a placard on the right side of the church that dates the congregation to 1910.
I was in Omaha, Georgia just before the state line with Alabama and visited a few churches in the small town. The Baptist and Methodist churches were included previously, but this one on 5th Avenue had no name.
Immanuel House of Prayer is in Darien, Georgia. Originally it was known as Grace Baptist Church and is from the early 20th century (circa 1915).
More Georgia churches to add, but this time with more elaborate brick buildings than the normal wood structures. Considered a Victorian Romanesque style, Sacred Heart Catholic Church is in Augusta, Georgia. With twin spires, extensive detail, and even stained glass windows imported from Munich, Germany, the building is one of the most interesting in the city. The Parish dates from 1874 and they built this church in 1898.
Organized in 1887, Cordele’s First UMC first built a church in 1891. They quickly outgrew the initial building and built this brick structure in 1914.
The Greek population in Augusta, Georgia organized a church in 1911 and built this brick building in 1921. It’s considered the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the southeast.
The cornerstone of First Baptist Church in Elberton, Georgia was laid in 1897. The church organized in 1860 and has had several significant additions over the years as the church has continued to expand.
Built in 1913, Woodville Baptist has some Gothic Revival elements and is located in a railroad community in Greene County. There’s also a cemetery in the rear of the church. The church is included on the National Register of Historic Places.