Dedicated in 1916, Newington United Methodist Church is in Screven County, Georgia.
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.
When driving through much of Georgia, you’ll regularly find semi-isolated churches. Although most are difficult to uncover much of their history, I added a few of them here, including Cooper Baptist Church at the edge of Twin City, Georgia.
Black Creek Baptist Church is in Screven County, Georgia and was established in 1912 according to a sign near the front entrance. There’s a cemetery behind the church with about 100 graves.
This little church in Screven Couunty didn’t even have a sign with its name out front.
McCanaan Missionary Baptist Church is near Sardis, Gerogia and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. The church served the black sharecroppers that remained in the area after slavery was ended. The church was built in 1912 (replacing two earlier churches built in 1875 and the 1890s) and has some Gothic Revival features. There were some modifications to the exterior in the more recent decades, including the addition of a flat-roof porch. A cemetery was established in the 1930s.
Another small church, Mt. Sinai Holiness is just east of Oliver, Georgia. It was established pretty recently, but it had an authentic look and this brightly painted sign nailed to nearby pine tree, so I stopped for some photos.
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is the formal name of the principal church of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Peter’s Square leads you to the Basilica, and after a security check, the massive Renaissance cathedral is not only a spiritual pilgrimage site, but an architectural wonder as well. I visited during an Easter week, but the crowds were manageable. I didn’t see the Pope at the Vatican, but did make it to the Stations of the Cross held on Good Friday each year outside of the Roman Colosseum – here’s a photo of what it looked like while sitting on a nearby hill.
The Basilica site was chosen on the location it was believed Saint Peter was buried after he was martyred in October 64 A.D. The first Basilica was built in the early 300s, but the replacement you see today was started in 1506 and completed more than a century later. There are several masterpieces of art inside, including Michelangelo’s Pieta. Thanks to an attack with a hammer in 1972, the famous sculpture is now seen through a glass panel.
In addition to the Basilica, the Vatican Museums are a must see, and a visit includes the Sistine Chapel.
Kershaw, South Carolina was one of the wealthiest towns in the state in the mid 1800’s. It was originally a gathering place for the farmers in the area but was largely destroyed towards the end of the Civil War. Another rebuilding phase occurred in the early 1900’s and included a pair of churches shown here. I passed through last Sunday afternoon and was invited inside both churches so I was able to get a shot of the interiors.
Unity Baptist Church was organized in 1909 and is on East Sumter Street. The Gothic Revival church building was completed a year later and was the second black church in town. The interior of the church has many original features including the coved ceiling. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Interior, Unity Baptist Church
Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Kershaw South Carolina
The oldest African-American congregation in town is Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion. The church was named for a former slave who was an A.M.E. minister. The church below was built in 1909. Included as part of the Lancaster County entry, it’s also on the National Register.
Located just outside of Elloree, South Carolina, Jerusalem United Methodist Church was built in 1909. From the church’s website, it replaced the “Old Jerusalem” church that burned a year earlier. The church has history dating back to 1813, but grew more organized after the Civil War ended. The church was remodeled in 1958 and later additional improvements were made, including a fellowship hall and a large parking lot and walkways. There is also a large cemetery on the property which was founded in 1879.