Mt. Enon Baptist Church, 1888, Mitchell County

historic mount enon baptist church baconton ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Mt. Enon was constituted in 1856, to serve the spiritual needs of the now-forgotten Gum Pond community, and the present structure dates to 1888 (according to the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form).  General Joseph Wheeler’s troops stopped at this location while returning federal prisoners to Andersonville, and the first Academy in Mitchell County, Ravenwood, was also located here.

historic mount enon baptist church interior mitchell county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

On 29 December 1883, Mt. Enon was also the site of the organizational meeting of the Mallary Baptist Association, named for the prominent Georgia statesman Charles Dutton Mallary. Members of this association today can be found in Mitchell, Colquitt, Tift, and Worth counties.

historic mount enon baptist church gum pond mitchell county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

Today, Mount Enon is the last surviving structure associated with the dead town of Gum Pond. At the outset of the Civil War in 1860, Gum Pond had a population of about 400, with a general store, an inn, and a blacksmith shop. After the settlement of Baconton in 1869, Gum Pond’s population decreased and the community all but disappeared. The church disbanded in 1928.

historic mount enon baptist church mitchell county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

National Register of Historic Places

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7 responses to “Mt. Enon Baptist Church, 1888, Mitchell County

  1. Cheryl and Mel Jones

    We can go back seven generations of our family in this cemetery! Every first Sunday in October we have homecoming and dinner on the grounds!! This is where my husband and I will be buried!!! Very peaceful place!!!

  2. desiree

    Is it still in use as a church today?

  3. Katie

    This church was so important to my grandfather Adrian. He put so much time, effort, and money into making this church stay beautiful. He even build a small garden by the cemetery in honor of his mother.

  4. Jan

    This picture is priceless for me! My daddy and his family attended this church for some time while he was a child. They lived just a short distance away.

  5. Pam

    I agree – this is a rich photograph.

  6. Richard

    This is wonderful Brian. An empty space that is full of spiritual energy.

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