Haven Methodist Episcopal Church, 1891, Waynesboro

Haven Memorial ME Church Waynesboro GA Sunset Through Broke Stained Glass WIndow Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Burke County freedmen organized Haven Academy in 1868 and after operating the school and church in a more utilitarian structure for 20 years, completed the present church building in 1891. It’s an important example of early formal architecture in the Georgia African-American community.

Haven Memorial ME Church Waynesboro GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Despite the positive attention brought to it by a National Register designation in 1996, it remains highly endangered.

Haven Memorial ME Church Waynesboro GA Side View Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

UPDATE: At 2:00 yesterday (16 September 2017) Sarah Barber sent me a  message that this church was on fire. Rob White confirms: This Waynesboro icon burned and was completely destroyed on September 16, 2017. There are now only 2 sites in Waynesboro on the National Historic Register. I was very concerned about the future of this structure the last time I saw it and now the worst possible end has come to it. The Augusta Chronicle reports that it was a case of arson.

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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2 responses to “Haven Methodist Episcopal Church, 1891, Waynesboro

  1. Rob White

    This Waynesboro icon burned and was completely destroyed on September 16, 2017. There are now only 2 sites in Waynesboro on the National Historic Register.

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