Tag Archives: Churches of Richmond County GA

Berlin Methodist Church, 1877, McBean

Berlin Methodist Church Richmond County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This historic congregation dates to 1827.

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Bath Presbyterian Church, 1836, Richmond County

Historic Bath Presbyterian Church Richmond County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Founded around 1784 by Augustans retreating from rampant malaria in the city, Bath got its name from the mineral springs found nearby. John Trowbridge, among the most active members of the congregation in the early 19th century built most of the homes around Bath, as well as the present sanctuary. A small but historic cemetery behind the churchyard is the final resting place of many Richmond County pioneers.

Bath Presbyterian Church Cemetery Richmond County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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Blythe Baptist Church, Richmond County

Blythe GA Richmond County Baptist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The congregation was established in 1876.

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Hephzibah United Methodist Church, 1853, Richmond County

Hephzibah GA Richmond County Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Organized in 1852, the Brothersville Methodist Church was built in 1853 and dedicated in 1854 by Bishop George Pierce. It was moved to its present location in 1890 and renamed Hephzibah Methodist.

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Hephzibah Southern Methodist Church, Richmond County

Hephzibah GA Richmond County Southern Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A cornerstone notes that this congregation was established in 1968, though I believe the building is much earlier.

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First Christian Church, 1924, Augusta

First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Augusta GA Emily Tubman Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Among Emily Tubman’s many gifts to Augusta, perhaps the most visible is the First Christian Church. Though the original sanctuary burned in 1870, components were retained in this incarnation, not completed until 1924. The First Christian Church is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ.

Augusta Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Manse of First Christian Church, 1875, Augusta

First Christian Church of Augusta GA Manse Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Through the patronage of Emily Tubman, the manse was designed by Macon architect D. B. Woodruff.

Augusta Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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St. John United Methodist Church, 1844, Augusta

St John United Methodist Church Augusta GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

St. John was established by Stith Mead in 1788. The first permanent meeting house was completed on this site in 1801 and Bishop Francis Asbury was among its earliest visitors. The original sanctuary was rolled by mules on logs and became the Springfield Baptist Church. It is still standing and is Augusta’s oldest house of worship. Morehouse College was founded within its hallowed walls. The present sanctuary was designed by William Goodrich and consecrated in 1844.

Augusta Downtown Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1900, Augusta

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cultural Center Augusta GA Richmond County Architectural Masterpiece Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Now home to Sacred Heart Cultural Center, this awe-inspiring place is a magnet for the arts and culture and a cornerstone of historic preservation in downtown Augusta. From their website: The first bricks were laid for Sacred Heart Church in 1897.  The church was a magnificent house of worship for over seventy years.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is an architectural masterpiece.  The building features towering twin spires, graceful arches, fifteen distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barreled vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars.  Because of the steady move by Augustans to the suburbs, the last mass was held in Sacred Heart July 3, 1971.

National Register of Historic Places

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