St. Peter Lutheran

St. Peter Lutheran Church, near Midland, South Dakota (Jackson County)
St. Peter Lutheran Church, near Midland, South Dakota (Jackson County)

St. Peter Lutheran Church is in a farm area in Jackson County, South Dakota.  I haven’t had much luck finding more about its history.  I have seen an older photo and it looks like some slight alterations have been made on the front of the building since that one was taken.  There’s a cemetery on-site and some folks were mowing the grounds when I stopped by, so it’s safe to say the church is still in use today.

Bethel Norwegian Lutheran

Bethel Norwegian Lutheran Church, near Harvey, North Dakota (Wells County)
Bethel Norwegian Lutheran Church, near Harvey, North Dakota (Wells County)

Driving along a rural highway, you can’t miss this church.  Surrounded only be farmland, Bethel Norwegian Lutheran has been fighting the North Dakota winters since 1915. When this part of the state was more active, the trains would pass nearby and small towns marked the stops every few miles.  The closest town is Harvey, about 10 miles west.  Although small, the cemetery beside the church is still active.

Friendship Baptist

Friendship Baptist, Oglethorpe County, Georgia
Friendship Baptist Church, Oglethorpe County, Georgia

Just south of Lexington, Georgia, is Friendship Baptist Church, dating from the late 1800s. There is a small cemetery behind the building and an old brick baptismal just down the small slope in front of the church.  I photographed this church late in the day just before the shadows completely took over.

Abba Baptist

Abba Baptist Church, Irwin County, Georgia
Abba Baptist Church, Irwin County, Georgia

Abba Baptist Church is in an isolated spot in Irwin County, Georgia.  The church organized in 1889 and this building was completed in 1907.   The name used by the congregation has changed over the years, starting with Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, then New Mt. Zion at Abba and then to Abba Missionary Baptist Church.

Zion Evangelical

Judson Zion Evangelical Church, Judson, North Dakota (Morton County)
Judson Zion Evangelical Church, Judson, North Dakota (Morton County)

This old church was once named the Zion Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ.  That’s definitely a mouthful, so since it’s located in the town of Judson, North Dakota, I think it’s now just called Judson Church.  The privately owned building is located on the corner of a county road west of Bismarck.  Nothing found yet on the construction date.

Richland Presbyterian

Richland Presbyterian Church, South Carolina
Richland Presbyterian Church, South Carolina

Several miles southeast of Columbia is the historic Richland Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1883, the church was built a year later and used until the early 1920s when a new brick church was built in a neighboring town. The frame building features a tower with a gothic-arched portal and is essentially unaltered since construction.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.  A cemetery lies just behind the church.