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Ezekiel Congregational Methodist Church-Waltertown, Georgia

Ezekiel Congregational Methodist Church has captured the imagination of many photographers curious about abandoned structures. It was struck by lightning which adds to the already fascinating details of it’s Gothic Revival facade.

It sits outside of Waycross near an area called Waltertown. I’ve seen two dates for this church, 1874 and 1899. I believe the congregation was established in 1874 and built in 1899. Manning Thigpen built it. The church was named for Manning and Miriam Thigpen’s son, Ezekiel, who died at the age of 12 in 1889.

Lott Cemetery-Waycross, Georgia

William F. Beach, (1850-1904)

Lott Cemetery was established in 1877 as the city cemetery for Waycross. It is a one-block-by-one block cemetery named for Dr. Daniel Lott, one of the founders of Waycross. Many of the city’s founders are buried here.

For the size of the cemetery, it has one of the largest collections of Victorian monuments I’ve seen. The photos represent some of the markers in this small city cemetery. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Alice McRae, 1908-1913
James Beach, 1879
Bas-relief marker for Wooston Johnson, (1897-1913)
Infant Daughter Benton
Noel Lary, 1854-1890. The hand reaching from the sky to earth symbolizes that the earthly bonds are now broken.

Lyric Theater-Waycross, Georgia

This is probably one of my favorite theaters in the state purely for the masks. I don’t believe they are the Masks of Comedy and Drama because they both look horrified. If they do represent Comedy and Drama, this is the first time I’ve never been able to tell the difference which is which. If this is supposed to represent something else, please let me know.

Locals state the building was constructed in 1923. I did find news articles about the theater as early as 1925. It is a contributing property to the Waycross Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.