Tag Archives: Churches of Burke County GA

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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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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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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