Hartwell Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was established in 1854, the same year the town was founded. The congregation first met in the temporary courthouse, then in the first brick courthouse, until local contractor John R. Kay built their first permanent home in 1859. It was the only church in Hartwell until after the Civil War and was shared with the Baptists and Presbyterians, as well. I presume the congregation outgrew the old frame church, as the present structure, built utilizing a design of Atlanta architect Willis F. Denny, was erected in 1897. It remains in use as Hartwell First United Methodist Church.
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