Powelton Baptist

Powelton Baptist Church, Hancock County, Georgia
Powelton Baptist Church, Hancock County, Georgia

Powelton Baptist Church is a minute away from Powelton Methodist in Hancock County, Georgia.  It was organized in 1798, and some of the building above dates to then.  The interesting tower highlighting the building was added in 1822.  It’s considered the oldest existing Baptist church in the state.

Powelton Baptist Church, Hancock County, Georgia
Powelton Baptist Church on a sunnier day
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Powelton Methodist

Powelton Methodist Church, Hancock County, Georgia
Powelton Methodist Church, Hancock County, Georgia

You’d never know Powelton, Georgia was a major crossroads in early Georgia by driving through it today.  Powelton Methodist has been around for much of that time, with this building believed to have been completed in 1830.  It’s located in a quiet part of Hancock County, about a half mile south of Powelton Baptist.  The church was last used in the 1980s, but is still in generally good shape.

Powelton Methodist Church, Hancock County, Georgia
Powelton Methodist Church

Alabama Churches

Gastonburg Presbyterian Church, Gastonburg, Alabama (Wilcox County)
Gastonburg Presbyterian Church, Gastonburg, Alabama (Wilcox County)

Gastonburg Presbyterian Church is a Greek Revival building completed around 1890.  Although Gastonburg, Alabama is a very small community, services are still held in the summer months.

Mt. Carmel Church, Selma, Alabama (Dallas County)
Mt. Carmel Church, Selma, Alabama (Dallas County)

I passed Mt. Carmel Church on the way to visit Everdale Baptist, near Selma, Alabama.  I took a photo before the sun set, but unsure of any history.

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gilbertown, Alabama (Choctaw County)
Seventh Day Adventists Church, Gilbertown, Alabama (Choctaw County)

This church in Gilbertown, Alabama was built sometime around 1923 by the Seventh Day Adventists.  Later it was sold to the First United Pentecostals, but today it is privately owned.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Baldwin County, Alabama
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Baldwin County, Alabama

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Magnolia Springs, Alabama was built in 1901.  The Gothic Revival style building was blown off the foundation by a 1916 hurricane, but survived and continues to hold services today.  It’s listed on the National Register.

Siloam Baptist Church, Wilcox County, Alabama
Siloam Baptist Church, Wilcox County, Alabama

This simple church in Wilcox County, Alabama looks to be pieced together with a variety of styles.   I spotted it off a backroad but can’t say how old it is.

St. Peter's Parish Church, Mobile County, Alabama
St. Peter’s Parish Church, Mobile County, Alabama

St. Peter the Apostle Parish Roman Catholic Church was built in 1878 and served as a mission church for the southern Alabama area.  The parishioners included the Creole community who largely spoke corrupted French and some English.

New Hope Baptist Church, Beatrice, Alabama
New Hope Baptist Church, Beatrice, Alabama

A Greek Revival building built in 1870, New Hope Baptist Church is also listed on the National Register.  Built of heart pine logs and timbers, the church is down a small road in the Beatrice, Alabama community.  Although there remains a small cemetery next to the church, the old schoolhouse no longer exists.

New Hope Baptist Church, Beatrice, Alabama
New Hope Baptist Church, Beatrice, Alabama

Bethel Baptist

Bethel Baptist Church, McKinley, Alabama (Marengo County)
Bethel Baptist Church, McKinley, Alabama (Marengo County)

Bethel Baptist Church is in a rural setting in Marengo County, Alabama.  The church was founded in 1821, though I’m not sure that this church dates that far back.  The community of McKinley was settled in 1821, grew rapidly in the 1850s and was the center of about thirty plantations.  A fire destroyed much of the town in 1860 and the area never recovered after the Civil War and the decline of the agricultural industry.

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Abandoned house, McKinley, Alabama

Barnet Presbyterian

Presbyterian Church of Barnet, Vermont
Presbyterian Church of Barnet, Vermont

The rural area of Barnet, Vermont is centered around this United Presbyterian Church.  The Greek Revival church was built in 1849 on the high point of a hill by the Scotch immigrants to the area.  The old cemetery adjacent has been in use since the land was deeded to the Presbyterians in 1791.  The church is also part of a National Register of Historic Places listing.

Old Christ Church

Christ Church, Guilford, Vermont
Christ Church, Bethel, Vermont

Old Christ Church is near Bethel, Vermont in Windsor County, which was the first town chartered by the republic of Vermont in 1779.  The style of church is considered high Federal and it’s largely unaltered since being built in 1824.  The church was originally Episcopal and is again today, but it was sold in 1852 to a Methodist congregation who used it for about 20 years.  The small cemetery behind the church is two years older and many founding members of the town of Bethel are buried there.  The church is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The church was locked when I visited, so interior photos were limited to what I could get from the outside.

 

Viking Lutheran

Viking Lutheran Church,  Maddock, North Dakota (Benson County)

Built in 1903, Viking Lutheran Church is in a rural area in Benson County, North Dakota.  The listing on the National Register of Historic Places, describes the style as Victorian Gothic.  The cemetery behind the church was started a few years earlier and both it and the church served the Norwegian community that were settling in this part of North Dakota.