Tag Archives: African-Americans in North Georgia

Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 1871, Sautee-Nacoochee

This church was built by Captain James Nichols as Nacoochee Presbyterian, soon after he arrived in the valley and built West End. Freedmen were welcomed as early members. It served the Presbyterians until moving to Nacoochee Institute in Sautee in 1903. It is one of the most visually appealing churches in the area and remains an active congregation.

Nacoochee Valley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Nacoochee Presbyterian Church, 1927, White County

Captain James H. Nichols came from Milledgeville to the Nacoochee Valley in 1870 and soon thereafter established Nacoochee Presbyterian Church (present-day Crescent Hill Baptist Church). Freedmen were welcomed by the earliest members. In 1903 the congregation began holding services in the Nacoochee Institute, where they remained until it was lost to fire in 1926. After meeting in an open-sided shed and a dairy barn, they completed the present church building in 1927. The belfry was added in 1989.

Sautee Valley Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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G. L. Haynes Funeral Home, Warrenton

This is an old African-American funeral home. It’s certainly one of the more unique such places I’ve seen.

 

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Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Warrenton

Pleasant Grove is one of the oldest and largest African-American congregations in Warrenton.

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Wilkes Memorial Church of God In Christ, Warrenton

This is such a photogenic church with the Holiness Unto the Lord sign emblazoned across the front. I spoke with a very nice gentleman who was either the pastor or a deacon who noted that it was originally home to a white congregation, built in the 1890s or early 1900s, and became Wilkes Memorial in the early 1950s.

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Harley-Harris-Rives House, 1840s, Sparta

This landmark house was built in the late 1840s as a wedding gift for William Harley and Mary Battle, and was home to the Harris and Rives families thereafter. Like most grand residences of its time in the South, it was built with slave labor. It was restored in the early 2000s by Suzy and Robert Currey and is today surrounded by their organic farming operations.

Sparta Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Holsey Memorial C. M. E. Church, 1924, Sparta

This historic church was built in 1924 to honor Bishop L. H. Holsey, D. D. Reverend W. A. Kelley was pastor at the time. Trustees of the church were: A. D. Latimer; J. W. N. Clay; G. B. Taylor; H. L. Wynn; B. Ford; Thomas Dixon; O. L. Cain; Wilbor Clay; M. Birch; and A. H. Gilbert. R. E. White was the architect. Compass Lodge No. 160, A. F. & A. M. laid the cornerstone on 7 September 1925.

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Filed under --HANCOCK COUNTY GA--, Sparta GA