Talbotton’s Episcopal community never numbered more than twelve families, but their Tudor Gothic church stands as a wonderful testament to them nearly 170 years after its construction. The church retains its original slave galleries and boxed pews. A Pilcher organ, installed in 1850, is the oldest of its variety still in continuous use in the United States. Quarterly services are held here and all are welcome to attend. Find out more about the schedule on the Zion Episcopal Church Facebook page.
Jeff Liipfert recalls: I used to hand pump the pipe organ during services here many years ago when I was a little boy. The priest from Fort Valley would go to Talbotton one Sunday afternoon a month to hold services. My mother was the church organist in Fort Valley. She and the choir from Fort Valley would go along also. That’s how I ended up pumping the organ. I could see my mother from where I pumped the organ, so a choir member sitting at the corner of the organ had to give me a signal to start pumping and fill the bellows before my mother started playing. They had to keep that lead weight above a certain mark to assure that there was enough air in the organ.
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