Category Archives: Abandoned

Mount Pleasant AME Church, Wilkes County

I am uncertain how old this church is or the congregation. I would age the building to be around the 1900s.

Smith Chapel and School, Lincoln County

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.

The photo isn’t the best, but if you look closely, the pews look to be old bus seats.

Unnamed School, Elbert County

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.”

Girard Elementary School, Burke County

Main entrance

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.

Street side
I am assuming this is either the library or cafeteria.
Classroom

Harville House, Bulloch County

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.

Jones Chapel, Wilkes County

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.

Nolan House, Morgan County

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.

Tallahassee School, Jeff Davis County

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.