This church was founded in 1842 and joined the Alabaha Association (Crawfordite) in 1905. They joined the Satilla River Association in 1969. The congregation disbanded in 1991. I’m not sure when the present structure was built.
The view above is from the “back” and the one below from the “front”. It’s often hard to distinguish such directions as these churches all have entrances on three sides.
Below is a good representation of the old-style shuttered windows; in the architecture of these churches, the middle window is usually higher than all the others. I’m guessing this has something to do with air circulation…
Some of the newer Hardshell churches have modern restrooms outside; Bethlehem has a well-built, though still primitive, privy.
The interiors of all of the Hardshell churches are beautiful testaments to faith and good carpentry.
Bethlehem Cemetery is large and well-maintained, as are all of the Hardshell cemeteries, but is unique in that it contains a pair of grave houses, a real rarity in South Georgia.
Note the gopher hole at the edge of this lot. Gopher holes are a sure sign of rattlesnakes, too. The grave houses pictured below may be renovations, but they harken to a very old tradition, not as common in the Coastal Plain as in other regions of the South. My assumption is that the smaller of the two was built for an infant or small child.
Adult Grave House
Child’s Grave House
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Some references list this church’s address as Bethlehem Road in Hickox, but if you attempt to take that road from U. S. Highway 301, you will find an overgrown field road that leads to an inaccessible bridge. Since I had to access it from Bachlott, and due to the fact that it’s closer to that settlement, I listed Bachlott as its location.