Micanopy, Florida is a very small and quaint, “old Florida” town just north of Ocala. It was founded in 1821 and named for a Seminole indian chief. This church, originally built in the 1870s, was Presbyterian until the 1960s when it became vacant and purchased by the Episcopal congregation that own it today.
Silver Springs Shores Presbyterian Church was built in 1886 and originally was a little south of its current location near Ocala, Florida. It was moved in the mid 1970s to Silver Springs Shores and remodeled about twenty years ago.
Built circa 1858, the Church of the Holy Trinity is architecturally Carpenter Gothic. It’s a small church with a bell tower near Ridgeland, South Carolina (very close to Euhaw Baptist). The area was considered a summer resort for planters in the nineteenth century. The interior of the church is considered noteworthy for its hammer-beam timber roof. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dinwiddie Presbyterian is another rural church in western Virginia (Carroll County). The stone building is relatively young, having been built in 1948. It was one of the last of the six stone churches built by a Presbyterian minister named Robert Childress. The church was organized in 1897 and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. At the same location, there’s an associated cemetery also bordered by the same type of fieldstone.
Allisonia Methodist Church is tucked in between some residential homes in a rural part of western Virginia. At the time I wasn’t sure if it was on private land so I didn’t take but a snapshot before driving on. It was established in 1891.
I’ve passed this church in Mitchell, Georgia at least twice driving around Georgia, but it always has been in the middle of the day when the light was the harshest. It’s located in a small town, and it’s clear it’s still used and well taken care of. Unfortunately, nobody was around when I took these photos so I’m unsure of the age and history of the church.
Due to restrictions on Roman Catholic worship in Virginia in the early days of European settlement, it took some time to establish the church in the state. Most of the early Catholic population settled and built churches in the western part of the state, including in Roanoke.
This Gothic cathedral was built in 1902, replacing a small earlier church building. The large stained glass windows were imported from Germany and the altar marble from Italy. The exterior is brick and sandstone. The last major restoration was in 2014, though it was still partially in scaffolding when I visited in December.
Target Methodist is in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. The historical marker outside of the church and cemetery reads-
“This church, founded about 1800, is one of the oldest Methodist congregations in this part of the state. It takes its name from Target Branch, a nearby tributary of Four Holes Swamp. The name “Target” is thought to be a corruption of the “tar gates” along the edges of the swamp, where tar, turpentine, and timber were harvested. It held its first services in a brush arbor, with a sycamore stump for a pulpit. It was one of several congregations long served by circuit riders, on the Cypress Circuit 1810-1855, then on the Providence Circuit 1855-1916. It’s first permanent church, a log building, was rebuilt as a frame sanctuary in 1830. A second frame church built in 1873 was replaced by the present sanctuary in 1920. The cemetery here includes graves dating as early as 1820.”
St. John’s Methodist Church was built in 1891, only a year after the little South Carolina town was founded. The church was remodeled in 1933 and is still active today.
Organized in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1836, St. Paul’s Methodist Church was last rebuilt in 1912.