Tag Archives: Churches of Mitchell County GA

Baconton United Methodist Church, 1902

The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: Organized at Raiford, now Lester, in 1870, this church was earlier known as Shiloh. Its first wooden building, lighted by beef tallow candles placed on wooden strips around the walls, also served as a school. In 1875, the site was moved and a large log church and school building was built. “Preacher Russell” was the first pastor. In 1882, the site was moved four miles west of the 1875 site and a wooden building was erected and furnished with long benches with solid backs and lighted by oil chandeliers. In 1902, the present gothic structure was erected. A fellowship hall was added in 1967.

This church is nearly identical in design to the Lumber City United Methodist Church.

Walton Street-Church Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Saco Missionary Baptist Church, Cotton

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Hinsonton Baptist Church, 1914, Mitchell County

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Hopeful Baptist Church

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This congregation dates to 1844.

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Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Hopeful

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This is an interesting little church. The door, used as a sign, is the first one I’ve seen.

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Mamie C. Hopkins writes: My mother, Mrs. Charlie Mae Hopkins, was born and raised in Hopeful. She joined this church when she was very young and served faithfully there(about seventy five years) until her health began to fail. I have very fond memories of Green Grove, especially when we would have revivals during the week and worship services once a month, which was on the fourth Sunday!

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Mt. Enon Baptist Church, 1888, Mitchell County

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Mt. Enon was constituted in 1856, to serve the spiritual needs of the now-forgotten Gum Pond community, and the present structure dates to 1888 (according to the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form).  General Joseph Wheeler’s troops stopped at this location while returning federal prisoners to Andersonville, and the first Academy in Mitchell County, Ravenwood, was also located here.

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On 29 December 1883, Mt. Enon was also the site of the organizational meeting of the Mallary Baptist Association, named for the prominent Georgia statesman Charles Dutton Mallary. Members of this association today can be found in Mitchell, Colquitt, Tift, and Worth counties.

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Today, Mount Enon is the last surviving structure associated with the dead town of Gum Pond. At the outset of the Civil War in 1860, Gum Pond had a population of about 400, with a general store, an inn, and a blacksmith shop. After the settlement of Baconton in 1869, Gum Pond’s population decreased and the community all but disappeared. The church disbanded in 1928.

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