I am uncertain how old this church is or the congregation. I would age the building to be around the 1900s.
Located approximately two miles down a dirt road is the Smith Chapel and School. The scene above sits on the front of the church as a greeting for anyone who enters. Founded in 1911, there isn’t much know about the congregation.
Located in Heardmont, this unnamed school sits next to the Bethel Grove Baptist Church. My assumption is that it is called the Bethel Grove School. I am still looking for info. The church was founded in 1885. This was verified as a school in an oral history project I found online titled, “In Those Days, African American Life near the Savannah River.”
The Girard Elementary School, an equalization school, in Burke County, Georgia was recently put on the National Register of Historic Places. It was one of six schools built to continue segregation in the county, while replacing one and two room schools that were spread throughout the county. This building includes four classrooms, a library, and a cafeteria. It opened in 1955.
Built in 1894 as a one-story home, the Harville House is a fascinating example vernacular architecture. The second floor was added in 1904. Abandoned for decades, the home and property is still owned by Harville ancestors. If you decide to visit, you can only photograph from the road.
I am unable to find much about this church, but it is located outside of Sylvania in Screven County, Georgia.
This church was formed after the Civil War. The first church building was built in the early 1900s. The one-room school was likely built right after the main church building was built. It’s a rare pre-Rosenwald school that is still standing.
I believe this to be the First Baptist Church in Gough. I spotted a small handwritten sign with an arrow pointing down the road. I drove past this building and drove the side streets looking for another building that could be a church. I could not find one.
This beautiful old home is down a dirt road outside of Wrens, Georgia. At one point, there was a double porch on the front and one side of the house.
Located on a long dirt road in Wilkes County, Georgia, the Jones Chapel is an abandoned church that used to serve the spiritual needs for the Black community in the surrounding community.
Historic Rural Churches of Georgia believes that it likely started as a white church and switched to a Black church in the early 1900s.
This is oldest known home in Morgan County, Georgia. It was built around 1805. This plantation plain is on remarkably well-maintained land. I understand there is a plan to stabilize and save the home.
Built in 1906, this house is part of the Nolan plantation, Morgan County, Georgia. It is the second Nolan home on the property. The other one is supposedly still standing but isn’t easily accessible. The Nolan family built their wealth on the backs of enslaved labor prior to the Civil War. After the war, they switched to a sharecropping method of farming. There’s been talk for several years to preserve the home, but restoration has not been started. The Madison-Morgan Conservancy have been trying to get work done. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
Built in 1911, Mary’s Chapel Methodist Church is located just outside of Broxton, Georgia. The congregation is still active. There is a newer building now being used on Smith Road. The church was named after Mary Newbern Smith.
Built in 1925 for $3600, the Tallahassee School in Hazlehurst, Georgia is a two-teacher school in desperate need of attention. While there has been a renewed interest in these schools, this is one where it seems to have been in a similar state for years now. I hope there will be a community effort to save this historical school.