I haven’t found much information on the church, but I love the archways and the towers. My favorite unexpected detail is the CME spelled out in the bricks at the top.
Established in 1871, the Brown’s Grove CME Church is located just outside of Milledgeville. The first pastor was Reverend Gideon Hill. The school was founded in 1896. The first teacher was J. C. Raiford. Oftentimes when I have photographed two story school buildings, they were also used as a fraternal lodge. I have not determined if that is the case here or not.
The property also has a small cemetery and a more modern building.
Estill, Hampton County
As of August 2022, the school has been dismantled.
Bold Springs CME Church was founded on February 20, 1874, when the trustees of the church, Willie Moreland, Clark Bell, and Sam Stillwell, purchased the land from Charles Sims, a local farmer.
Initially, the church served as both a school and a place of worship. The congregation is uncertain of when the two-room school was built. They messaged my page on Facebook asking for help. They were initially going to tear it down, but they now would like to try to save it. They need help since they are a small, aging congregation.
Based on newspaper articles, I know the church was built before 1930 and used until 1958 when school consolidation happened. Based on similar buildings I’ve seen around the state, I am dating it in the late 1910s. For any architectural experts who can determine more with the photos below, please let me know.
According to the trustee I met, the original white clapboard church is under the church. This structure was built around 1902 after a fire burned down the church.
Located on the outskirts of Perry, the Brown Chapel CME is likely a church founded over 100 years ago based on the headstones in the cemetery. Many of the headstones had been covered in latex paint, which will likely cause more damage to the ledgers and headstones.
I stumbled across an article about Black history in Pickens County. One part of the series covered the churches in Pickens County.
On top of this hill in Tate, Georgia is the Tate CME or AME Church (from the article no one is certain which it was). Located in Smokey Hollow, called that because the smoke would settle over the hollow (or holler) in the winter, this church was built in 1887 at the same time as the Tate Methodist Church with the help of Stephen Tate.
It was in use until the 1950s then it stayed vacant until the 70s when Miracle Friendship Holiness Church reopened it. As of 2015, when the article was written, there were only five members left, and was already in disrepair.
The road up the hill was covered in vines and weeds. I was unwilling to try to drive up the road. I hope to revisit it the winter and see if it seems more driveable.