In his book Houses of Heart Pine: A Survey of the Antebellum Architecture of Evans County, Georgia (2001) Cololenl Pharris DeLoach Johnson notes that this house was already built when purchased by Uriah Rogers in 1856. Rogers gave the house to his son James, who then sold it to his brother, John “Duffy” Rogers, Evans County’s longest-surviving Confederate veteran. Thirteen of his twenty children were born here to his first two wives, Laura Blitch of Blitchton who died here during childbirth in 1883, and Melvina Hearn. John Rogers lived here until 1891, when he built the large home seen in the next post. It is in immediate danger as the back roof is collapsing and this important house will soon be lost if not stabilized.
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This church is located on Perry Road in the area of Evans County known as The Level. Thanks to Greg Threatte for the identification. He notes that it was founded sometime around 1880 as Eureka Congregationalist Church. Though the exterior has asbestos siding, likely dating to the mid-20th century, the interior is of a much earlier construction. I don’t know if it’s contemporary with the church’s founding, though.
The structure is near collapse but I was able to get this shot. It features the pale green wainscoated (beadboard) walls typical of many churches dating from 1870 – 1920. I would guess that the asbestos siding is mid-20th-century and the church dates to the 1910s.
A couple of interesting headstones from the cemetery, located across the road:
Reverend B. H. Hughes, Sr. (31 July 1896 – 7 November 1955)
Private Otto McKever, Quartermaster’s Corps (10 March 1891 – 18 June 1951)
According to the historic marker, Bay Branch Primitive Baptist Church was organized on 22 April 1877. I don’t know if the present structure is contemporary to that date. Elder A. R. Strickland was the first pastor and charter members were: Martin E. Rogers; Sara Jane Rogers; William H. Bazemore; Hester A. C. Bazemore; and James J. Martin.