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Vernacular African-American Church, Fitzgerald

I will update with an identification as soon as I can track down some history of this structure, which is among the oldest wooden churches in Fitzgerald.

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Bethel A. M. E. Church, Fitzgerald

Bethel is one of the oldest African-American congregations in Fitzgerald.

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St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1908, Fitzgerald

St. Matthew’s was built using granitoid blocks from the Fitzgerald Granitoid Works.

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Abandoned Church, Ben Hill County

The architecture leads me to believe this was a church, though it could have been a schoolhouse.

 

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Tornado Damage at Young’s Chapel, Ben Hill County

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Young’s Chapel has been one of my favorite places since I first discovered it over ten years ago. I drive out from Fitzgerald nearly every time I’m home just to check on it. Though I have no connections to the church, I’ve always felt at home when I visit. It’s the kind of place that has that effect on many. On one of those recent trips, I was heartbroken when I saw the damage done by a tornado which passed through in January. As if this special little church needed anything else working against it.

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Luckily, Matt Brown recently rescued the pews before vandals could steal or destroy them. They were gone before the tornado came through.

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Talk of restoration has been ongoing, but in light of the recent damage it will be an even more difficult task, perhaps impossible.

 

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Episcopal Vicarage, Fitzgerald

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Though I don’t believe it was built for the purpose, this house served for many years as the vicarage of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fitzgerald.

It was razed in 2018.

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Central Christian Church, 1906, Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald GA Central Christian Church Faith Bapitst Foggy Christmas Morning Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

South Main Street-South Lee Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

One of Fitzgerald’s oldest and most beautiful churches, this is now home to the congregation of Faith Baptist.

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