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Salem Baptist Church, Candler County

Salem is said to be the oldest church in Candler County, built in 1875. I haven’t been able to confirm the construction date, as my two sources are in conflict. One source notes that it began meeting in 1875 and was formally organized in 1900.

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Rosemary Primitive Baptist Church, 1875, Candler County

Rosemary Primitive Baptist Church 1875 Candler County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Hiram Jones gave the land for this church along Fifteen Mile Creek in 1875. It remains a very active congregation.

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Everett’s Store, Circa 1900, Excelsior

Excelsior GA Candler County Josh Everett Store Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Josh Everett originally had a small commissary or farm store beside his house, but his business grew so much that he built this store in front of the house to accommodate it. Seeing it over the cotton plants, I was just sure that this was originally a Primitive Baptist Church, as the design is similar to many of them I’ve photographed, but thanks to Susan Nevil, I now know the real history.Viewed from the front, it’s more obvious that it was a country store.

Everett's Store Excelsior GA Candler County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

It did serve briefly as a church in 1984 (though that is a small part of its story) after a tornado destroyed the Excelsior Baptist Church. That summer, the ladies of the church cleaned out the old store and put it to use while a new church was being built. The church also began a mission with the Hispanic community at that time and it has grown into today’s Iglesia Cristiana Hispana in Metter.

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Primitive Grove Primitive Baptist Church, 1907, Candler County

historic primitive grove baptist church candler county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

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