Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church, 1870, Screven County

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA Historic Landmark Vernacular Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This quaint historic church is a testament to a congregation’s desire to preserve a place of worship, long after its last regular services were held. Most of the people in this community weren’t even born when the church was still active but according to Cheryl Bazemore, whose grandparents were among the builders of the church, a homecoming is held by descendants of the congregation each year. This explains the ceiling fans.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA 1870 Landmark Interior Pulpit Pews Preserved Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s a simple, utilitarian design, with board-and batten exterior walls, and very plain pews and pulpit, yet it really exemplifies the beauty of the country church.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA 1870 Landmark Interior Pulpit Pews Utilitarian Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A historic marker placed on the grounds in 1963 states:

Organized 1868 under bush arbor on Stephen D. Lewis farm by Elder Theo. A. Pharr, John Hardy Bolton, Julia Wells Bolton, Stephen D. Lewis, Martha Howard Lewis, Paul Jenkins, Temperance Jenkins, Fulton L. Oglesby, Mary Bolton Oglesby and others on land given by Alexander James Wells and Isaac Thomas Bazemore. Original Trustees: John W. Boston, James Allen Bazemore, Green Berry Waters, Alexander James Wells and Abisha Humphrey Bazemore. Among early preachers: John Jenkins, W.D. Smith, Abisha Humphrey Bazemore, A.F. Ellington, Emory F. Dean, Jacob Perry Bazemore, David Matthews Bazemore, A.M. Johnson and John W. Roach.

June, 1957: church and cemetery set aside as perpetual memorial to founders by deed from Methodist Conference to Trustees, all of whom are descendants: Dora Bazemore Brooker, E. Lampkin Bazemore, I. Thomas Sanders, James Eugene Bazemore, Charles Thurman Hopkins, Sr., Lilla Sanders Smith, John W. Gross, Palmer A. Bazemore and Bertha Hoffman

A sign over the entrance to the church yard dates the building to 1870.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA 1870 Landmark Interior Pulpit Pews Utilitarian Preserved Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s good to know that the property is actively patrolled by the Screven County Sheriff’s Department and I’m glad to see that deputies leave notes when they notice suspicious activity.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA Historic Landmark Patrolled by Police Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The cemetery has a nice fence with alternating white and green boards.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA Green and White Picket Cemetery Fence Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s definitely worth finding if you happen to be in the area.

Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church Screven County GA Historic Landmark Board and Batten Siding Vernacular Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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4 responses to “Wesleyanna Memorial Methodist Church, 1870, Screven County

  1. Rosie Collins

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. They bring old memories. Rosie

  2. Nancy Komlos

    such a beautiful little church. I am so glad someone is taking care of it!!!

  3. Dave

    Brian

    Keep up the great work. How do you find the time?

    Dave Miller

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Susan

    Beautiful. I take photos of old churches and this one is beautiful.

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