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Red Hill Baptist Church, Wayne County

Though a new church has been built adjacent to this one, the old Red Hill Baptist Church is still standing. It’s a large rural church with an historic cemetery on the property, as well.

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Old Episcopal Church, Jesup

Jesup GA Old Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Thanks to Mary Lou Drury of the Wayne County Historical Society for the identification. She notes that it’s the oldest standing church building in Wayne County. Thanks also to Larry Westberry and Kathy Powell for noting that it has also served as a United Pentecostal and other churches throughout its history.

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Cavalry Baptist Church, 1941, Jesup

Jesup GA Wayne County Calvary Baptist Church Neoclassical Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The church was organized in 1939 and constructed in 1941. Pastors at the time were A. M. McCool and O. C. Nichols. The building committee were: A. E. Knight, Chariman; J. O. Mattox; C. N. Mills; L. W. Scott; Bernard Swindell; C. A. Ashley & Mrs. C. L. Doster. G. M. Harrington was the architect and L. F. Bennette was the builder.

As of 2016, this has been razed and replaced by a parking lot.

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Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Gardi

Mary Grove Missionary Baptist Church Gardi GA Wayne County Foggy Morning Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

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Manningtown Presbyterian Church, Wayne County

This small congregation was established in 1929.

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Midway Baptist Church, 1891, Gardi

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Robert A. Richardson writes: Thank you for your interest and the picture of this beautiful old one room church where I grew up in the Summer going to the Richardson family reunions and I regret this tradition has died out due to the death of so many Richardson ancestors. My great-great grandfather David Carter Richardson and my Richardson ancestors are buried in the cemetery behind the church. Before the church was organized there was a community of homes (1830-1860) across the street from the from where the church stands. This community referred to as the Gardi – branch of the Altamaha predates the American Revolution and of course the Civil War. This location for the cemetery was chosen by an original pioneer family and their name was Street and allegedly their 14 year old son died while visiting Darien and later Mr. Street died following a fishing trip to the Altamaha and at that time Mrs. Street designated the part of their property as the cemetery due to it the high ground and to avoid flooding of cemetery from the Altamaha. The original “paling” that enclosed the original cemetery still stand and I am trying to figure out some way to preserve them without removing them from the cemetery. Later the church was formed but had met unofficially for sometime initially in homes then under the oak trees. My great grandfather Aaron Riley Richardson graduated from Mercer University in 1880’s receiving his degree in divinity and became an ordained Baptist Minister. He was one of the pastors at the opening of the church. There is also another church Jones Creek Baptist which still stands and my grandfather rode horseback to preach there for over 30 years. They lived on a farm near Gardi and closer to what was known as the Pendarvis train stop. My great aunt Ester used to tell me about stories of buying things from wagons and buses that would come to sell things and how exciting that was and also would tell about horseback artists that would come from Savannah to do portraits which were partially assembled prior to the sitting. These portraits remain in my family and are treasured. Thanks again for sharing your pictures and thereby preserving the history of places that are dear to many. I have also seen your pictures of Boston where my great-great grandfather (A R Richardson) moved and preached at the Primitive Baptist church (this sect of Baptist church did not believe in missionaries at the time other Baptist churches were building their missionary programs and the group of Baptists that disagreed formed the Primitive Baptist churches in Ga. I had always wondered what the Baptist Female Academy in Boston looked liked. I thought it had burned to the ground. My great aunt Esther said that her parents always told her that the school gave its metal roof to the Confederacy during the war to make ammunitions. This is also documented a book about the History of Baptists in GA printed in the 40’s or 50’s.

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Pentecostal Church, Jesup

jesup ga pentecostal church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

This church was razed in 2011. A Dollar General store was built on this location.

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Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church, Gardi

gardi ga historic mt zion ame church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2010

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Akin Methodist Church, 1892, Mt. Pleasant

mt pleasant ga historic akin memorial methodist church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009

When Lawrence Akin built this church, historically known as Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church,  Mt. Pleasant was a thriving community whose economy was based on timber. Today, the church is the only real link to that era. Akin was a Camden County native who became involved in banking and politics after moving to Mt. Pleasant in 1884. His business interests in the Mt. Pleasant area led him to build a suitable church where his family could worship. The community was in steady decline by the late 1920s and by the 1940s, the church membership was nearly too small to sustain. A gift from one of Lawrence Akin’s daughters, Ruth Akin Hightower, insured that the church would survive and the congregation was renamed to honor its founder.

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