St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 1902, Alapaha

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From the history, One Faith, One Family: Diocese of Savannah: 1850-2000: “A Catholic community established a church on the James C. Murray farm 2.6 miles from Alapaha in about 1840…The Catholic community was then known as Saint Patrick’s and was commonly called “Murray Church.” [As the need grew for a more substantial church than the log cabin located on the Murray farm] land was purchased near Alapaha Station in 1901 for the token sum of $25 from John J. Paulk…the new church, Saint Bridget’s, was completed in 1902…[by 1942, this structure was vacated and the present St. Ann’s Catholic Church built]

This is now home to Greater Macedonia C. M. E. Church, and is undergoing renovation.

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6 responses to “St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, 1902, Alapaha

  1. Blake

    Interstingly, this church was moved from its original location to private land in Glory and renovated by someone named Bridget. I can see the building from my house, with its shiny new roof and bright white paint. I knew a bit of its history and some of our family attended church there in the 30s/40s, but I hadn’t heard about the original name being St. Bridget’s. Gotta do some questioning now!

  2. Gayle Calhoun

    I thought I was the only person in South Georgia with an interest in photograhing old buildings. What a nice surprise to find your site. Brian, your photos are excellent.

  3. Jessica

    Wonderful photo! If you’re ever in Albany again you should check out Old St. Teresa’s on Residence Ave. Downtown. It’s the oldest Catholic church in Southwest Georgia and the oldest still in operation in the state. The Diocese of Savannah founded it. There is a historical marker out front.

  4. Wonderful building! I’m so happy that it is still utilized.

    • I agree, Jed. And many thanks to Charles Gray, who noted on my earlier photograph of this structure (posted as “Greater Macedonia C. M. E. Church, Alapaha”) that it was originally built as a Catholic church. With a bit of digging I was able to learn much more about its history.

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