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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Register

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Nevils Creek Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, Bulloch County

Nevils Creek is the oldest church in Bulloch County and one of the oldest Primitive Baptist churches in Georgia. It was constituted in 1790. A single headstone is located beside the church: John Neville served in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment during the Revolutionary War. He may have been the founder of the congregation.

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Union United Methodist Church, 1884, Bulloch County

In 1790, a Methodist society that became Union church was organized in the home of Joshua Hodges, Sr. Hodges was a Revolutionary War veteran who had recently moved his family, including four sons, to the area. Members of the Methodist society set aside a tract of land west of the Hodges house, known on early land records as “Meeting House Reserve” and a log meeting house was constructed by 1792. The trustees were Joshua Hodges, Sr., Joseph Jackson, Jarvis Jackson, Catherine Hodges, Griffin Mizell, and Samuel Williams.

In 1834, the second church was built to replace the log structure. It was built of planks and sat on log pillars. It was replaced by the present structure in 1884, incorporating materials from its predecessor in the altar rails and some of the pews. The altar rail was crafted by Robert W. Stringer.

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McLeod Covenant Baptist Church, Emanuel County

McLeod Covenant Baptist Church Emanuel County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

This small congregation was founded in 1898. The quaint little church stands on the curve of a winding dirt road, just off Highway 57. A beautiful pond serves as its backyard.

McLeod Covenant Baptist Church Pond Emanuel County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2016

 

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Red Hill Primtive Baptist Church, Bulloch County

Red Hill Old Line Primitive Baptist Church Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

This congregation dates to 1902.

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Upper Lotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 1881, Bulloch County

Upper Lotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church National Register of Historic Places Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I rarely pass this church without wanting to stop and photograph it. It’s one of the most historic in Bulloch County, and without a doubt, one of the most beautiful Primitive Baptist churches I’ve ever seen.

Upper Lotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Bulloch County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

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New Hope United Methodist Church, 1907, Bulloch County

Historic New Hope Methodist Church Bulloch County GA Photogaph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

The congregation of New Hope Methodist was organized in 1804. It’s one of the most beautiful churches in Bulloch County. A historical marker placed by the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1998 reads: Organized from Union by Rev. Lewis Mayers, New Hope was Bulloch’s second Methodist Church. 1804 trustees were David Kennedy, Josiah Everette, Jarvis Jackson, Burrell Whittington and William M. Kennedy: other leaders were Joseph Hodges, Eli Kennedy and Lydia Anciaux. Burke and Ohoopee Circuit records, oldest in South Georgia, were kept by these leaders. In 1806 William McGee Kennedy entered the itineracy; later William McCall Kennedy, F.M. Kennedy and H.A. Hodges. Leadership at home and in the connectional church distinguishes New Hope, preparing for her third century.

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