Category Archives: –ELBERT COUNTY GA–
Bowman United Methodist Church was established by a small group who first met in a rural log schoolhouse in 1874. It is thought that the first formal home, a frame structure, was occupied by the late 1870s. By 1894, the congregation had grown to around 225. In 1924, members decided to raze the old church and construction began on the present structure. Mr. D. C. Griffin of Hartwell supervised the construction. It was completed in 1925. It is one of the nicest little churches to be found in a town of this size.
Dewy Rose Baptist Church grew out of the membership of Deep Creek and Antioch Baptist churches in 1890. Reverend L. W. Stevens was the first pastor. The congregation met in the local school until a new church was constructed in October of 1890. During the pastorate of Reverend A. W. Bussey membership had grown to a point that a new structure was needed and the present church was completed and dedicated in 1921. It was constructed in the Craftsman style. which is rarely seen in churches. For a more detailed history, visit the church website.
Margaret Wahl writes: This house was my grandmother’s home from around the early 1900’s to 1979, when she passed away at age 99. She was Josie Adams Hewell and she is buried in the Dewy Rose Baptist Church Cemetery, along with her husband, son and one daughter. In the 40s and 50s, the house was painted white and had dark green shutters on the windows. The walkway and cement steps to the house look the same as they did then. Spent many summers there as a young girl. The house had many fireplaces, but I see no chimneys now.
My Grandmother had seven brothers, all Adams, of course, and they frequented the house quite often. My grandmother was married to Olden Ornan Hewell in 1904, and they moved into the house which was directly across the street from the Hewell’s General Store which is now the current Post Office. This is where Olden worked. In 1912 they added three rooms to the house and a wrap-around porch. The original structure was built in 1890. Olden died at home in 1929, and Josie continued to live in the house until her 90s.