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.
The history of Sardist Methodist Church in Orangeburg County, South Carolina dates back to before the Revolutionary War. The old wooden building standing today is the third, built in 1872. The church isn’t used on a regular basis any longer, but the small cemetery surrounding the building is still maintained. It includes an “Unknown Indian Grave” among the burials primarily from the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Williams Creek Baptist Church is a little more difficult to drive to than most. It’s located in Georgia close to I-20, but has to be reached through less traveled, smaller dirt roads. The church was organized in 1787 and is still in use today, including a small adjacent cemetery. There are some old records of misdeeds preserved at this site, but otherwise I haven’t seen too much on this church.
Wadsworth Congregational Church is a Gothic Revival style church built some time around 1885. This structure replaced a log building dating from the organization of the church in 1870. The original reverend was a former runaway slave who had fled to Canada and later lived in Massachusetts until after the Civil War when he returned home to North Carolina. The history of the church was chronicled for the National Register of Historic Places’ application. The church is located in Whitsett, North Carolina, in a field behind a newer church building built in 1977.
Just outside of Guyton, Georgia is another church called Marlow United Methodist. It was built in 1905 with timber donated by local Presbyterians. The wheelchair ramp was added in 1997 and a new roof was added a couple years later when a tornado ripped off the existing one. On the centennial anniversary in 2005, the cornerstone was opened to reveal items placed by the earlier church members had been severely damaged by weathering over the 100 years.