Clark’s Chapel M. E. Church, 1847, Burke County

Historic Clarks Chapel M E Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This is one of the best maintained and neatest little country churches I’ve ever seen in Georgia. It was built by Charles Clark as a plantation church to serve the spiritual needs of his large family. He was married twice and had 25 children. The Methodist Episcopal affiliation came in 1878, as the family spread out and left the plantation, but they resumed care for it in the late 1970s, after membership dwindled.

Historic Clarks Chapel ME Church Front Porch Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Charles Clark came to Savannah from Westfield, New Jersey in 1802 and married his first wife, Eleanor Carswell, there. As his interests in agriculture grew, they acquired plantation lands in Burke County and resettled here. Upon Eleanor’s death in 1826, Clark married Sarah Murphey. A memorial outside the church reads: In Memory of Charles Clark (Jan. 30, 1782 – Feb. 2, 1852) Who in 1847 built Clark’s Chapel Church upon these rocks. He now lies buried in the family cemetery 1 1/2 miles away.

Clarks Chapel M E Church Charles Clark Memorial Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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Hopeful Baptist Church, 1855, Burke County

Historic Hopeful Baptist Church Burke County GA Antebellum Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It’s thought that this church was built by David Demarest, the architect of Old Mercer Chapel in Penfield and the Greene County Courthouse in Greensboro. It certainly harkens to his mastery of Greek Revival architecture. The congregation of Hopeful Baptist dates to 1815, when a church was organized on the lands of Alexander Carswell’s plantation. Three smaller less formal churches predate this structure. The pulpit is at the entrance to the church, in contrast to the layout of most houses of worship. A member told me that this was to insure that every congregant would interact with the preacher. A small section at the rear was used as seating for slaves.

Historic Hopeful Baptist Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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General Store, Green’s Cut

Greens Cut Community Burke County GA Country Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This small general store is no longer open.

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Green’s Cut United Methodist Church, 1901, Burke County

Greens Cut United Methodist Church Burke County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Steadman House, Circa 1917, Waynesboro

Steadman House Waynesboro GA Mediterranean Revival Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Neoclassical Revival Cottage, Waynesboro

Waynesboro GA Neoclassical Architecture Historic House Cottage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Vernacular Greek Revival Cottage, Waynesboro

Waynesboro GA Historic District Yellow Neoclassical Cottage Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The facade of this cottage has been modified with Greek Revival elements, which are the dominant feature.

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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