Tag Archives: Churches of Brooks County GA

Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Circa 1861, Brooks County

Bethlehem Primitive Baptist church was established in 1834 as the Baptist Church at Christ Bethlehem, just two years after the Primitive sect was formed nationally from a  split with the Missionary Baptists. They formally affiliated with the Primitive Baptists in 1840.

The present church, constructed circa 1861, is one of the few remaining antebellum structures surviving in Brooks County.

To those familiar with the Crawfordite Primitve Baptists of Southeast Georgia, it will look quite familiar, as it is plain, unpainted, and contains multiple entrances.

The congregation disbanded in 1964, had a brief revival between 1981-1984, and has been inactive ever since.

It’s a serene place that will hopefully be preserved far into the future.

National Register of Historic Places

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Morven United Methodist Church, 1907, Brooks County

 

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Mt. Zion Campground United Methodist Church, 1881, Brooks County

The Georgia Historical Commission marker placed here in 1956 reads: The first Camp Meeting was held on this site in 1828 by a “few scattered Methodists” before any Methodist Church in the area was organized. William Hendry, William Blair and Hamilton W. Sharpe, as a committee, selected the site. Rev. Adam Wyrick was the first visiting preacher. In 1831 Sion and Enoch Hall deeded the land on which the Camp Ground stood to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Housed first in a brush-arbor, the weeklong meetings were held without interruption until 1881. Then the camp meetings ceased and the nearby church was built. Meetings were practically continuous each day from sunrise until after “candle-lighting.”

The sign on the church states that the present building dates to 1856, which is plausible considering the architecture, but according to the two sources I have access to, the historical marker and the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, the date is 1881. I hope to learn more about this discrepancy.

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West End Cemetery, Quitman

Quitman’s first cemetery, West End was established in 1859. It has the inviting park-like atmosphere typical of Victorian cemeteries and is a nice place to walk around. When I was here, the camellias were in full bloom, providing nice contrast to the Spanish moss hanging from old oaks.

Seventeen unknown Confederate soldiers are buried near the rear of the cemetery.

The grafted camellias are a highlight when they’re in bloom.

 

 

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Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, Barwick

Historic Harmony Primitive Baptist Churh Barwick GA Brooks County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This historic congregation dates to 1855.

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Saint James Episcopal Church, Quitman

Historic St James Episcopal Church Quitman GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Terry Miller writes that though founded in 1898, this is not the original location of the church.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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First Presbyterian Church, 1909, Quitman

Historic First Presbyterian Church Quitman GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Located just behind the courthouse, this church with its beautiful and unusual copper dome is a real architectural gem for Quitman and South Georgia.

Quitman Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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