Kempt Shore Presbyterian

Kempt Shore United Church and Cemetery, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Kempt Shore United Church and Cemetery, Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada

Kempt Shore Presbyterian Church is in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s a wood frame church built on a sandstone block foundation and includes a basement.  The church was built in 1865 at the junction of the Avon River and Minas Basin by a former shipyard owner.   It became part of the United Church of Canda in the early 1900s and services were held in the church until 1967.  The church was added to the the Canadian Register of Historic Places in 1995.

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Iceland Churches

Small Church, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Iceland is an old country and has had churches for over 1000 years, but the Protestant churches you’ll see if you visit are typically 50-150 years old.  I stopped at a few as I passed them in various parts of the island, but have limited information on each.  Although there are still a healthy number of churches standing, Iceland has become decreasingly religious over the decades, and I didn’t see any in use while visiting.

Here are a few spotted along the way.

Vik Church was included in an earlier post.

 

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.

 

 

Postscript-In September, 2017, arson struck this church and it was completely destroyed.

Vik Church

Vik i Myrdal, Southern Iceland

Vik Church is a Lutheran church built in 1934 that, in my opinion, has one of the most spectacular views in Europe.  It sits at the top of the small village of Vík í Mýrdal which is located in southern Iceland.  This photo was taken in early summer when the wildflowers were peaking.

Cedar Grove Methodist

 

Cedar Grove Methodist Church, Tattnall County, Georgia
Cedar Grove Methodist Church, Tattnall County, Georgia

This is another abandoned church with a doubtful future.  Located in rural Tattnall County, Georgia, Cedar Grove Methodist was organized in 1887.  From information found online, it looks like the church was last used for services over 30 years ago.  There are a few grave markers behind the church, but not much more evidence of its long history.

Friendship Baptist

Friendship Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia
Friendship Baptist Church, Wilkes County, Georgia

Friendship Baptist is a wooden frame church in Wilkes County, Georgia. It’s located in a remote area, so you probably won’t see any other visitors if you stop by.  The church was originated in 1831 and hasn’t been used in many years (1970s?), though the property is still being maintained.

 

Young’s Chapel

Young's Chapel, Ben Hill County, Georgia
Young’s Chapel, Ben Hill County, Georgia

This is one of the first abandoned churches I photographed in Georgia and it’s on a quiet dirt road in the south central part of the state in Ben Hill County.  Unfortunately, the last time I visited it had recently suffered some serious vandalism which left it even more exposed to the weather.  It borders a cotton field and dates to circa 1876.  Records have it last used for services over 40 years ago.