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Union Ground Christian Church, Franklin County

Union Ground was organized in 1902 by Erastus Lamar Shellnut. The following background comes from Scott Harp’s excellent overview of the “Pioneer Preacher”, as Shellnut was sometimes known.

In 1902 the “Pioneer Preacher” again returned to his favorite work. He accepted the appointment from the Woman’s Society of Georgia Mission as an evangelist. Because of failing health he resigned that work after six and on half months. He organized two churches, Unity in Jackson County and Union Ground in Franklin County, while working under the auspices of the Woman’s Society of Georgia Missions.

During Mr. Shelnutt’s work in Franklin County he encountered opposition on the part of the Baptists. He was locked out of the community school building, was falsely accused, arrested and stood trial, although he was not convicted of any charge. Rev. Shelnutt, possessing a kind spirit, tried to come to some understanding with the Baptists, went to their worship services, but no reconciliation was made. He gives an interesting account of his Franklin County experiences in a pamphlet entitled, Encountering Opposition. He vividly describes the Baptist worship service he attended during his visit in the community: “The preacher, of the blonde type, read from the third chapter of Exodus of the ‘burning bush’, and took as his text II Pet. ii. 1-3. The sermon was harsh and sectarian in its conception and argument, and mad and abusive in its deliver. The preacher’s denunciations of the ‘Campbellites,’ as he called them ‘though’ he said, ‘they want to be ‘Christian’ and his expositions of the ‘damnable doctrine’, as he called it, directed the minds and eyes of quite a number in the audience toward me. He told them that the devil was loose in the community, and advised the people more than once not to hear me (the devil referred to) preach my ‘doctrine born of hell,’ that I would ‘decoy them and their children and lead them to hell for ever and ever.’ He further advised his people not to let me have food and shelter in their homes. If they did, they would be partakers with me in propagating the false doctrine. I quietly sat before him and pitied him for his ignorance and lack of the spirit of Christ and remembered that vengeance belongs to God (Rom. xii, 19) and that he will one day settle with him for his wicked words.”

 In spite of the unpleasant conditions under which Mr. Shelnutt labored, he was successful in organizing the church with twenty-seven charter members. The building was begun and the name chosen for the church-Union Ground Christian Church, September 16, 1902.

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United Methodist Church, Carnesville

This is now home to another church.

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First United Methodist Church, 1948, Lavonia

The Lavonia Methodist-Episcopal Church was organized between 1878-1880. It first met in the Joe Vickery Store until building its first permanent home a few years later. A second church was built in 1907 and replaced by the present structure in 1948. Roy E. Hitchcock, who collaborated on numerous facilities at the University of Georgia, was the architect.

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Carroll’s Methodist Church, Circa 1835, Franklin County

William Carroll established this congregation in 1797. The present structure was built around 1835 and remodeled in 1952. Bishop Francis Asbury preached at the location on 21 November 1799. The entry from his diary reads: We drove 16 miles to Carroll’s Meeting House, a new log cabin in the woods. Some of the people of the congregation are from the east and west parts of Maryland. I felt the Lord was with them. We have the kitchen, house, and chamber all in one and no closet but the woods…

An early cemetery adjoins the property and many unknown graves are marked with crosses.

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First United Methodist Church, 1911, Royston

The Royston Methodist Church was established in 1877 by Reverend Samuel Gaines, when the community was still known as Cross Roads. The first services were held in a log school house on Franklin Springs Road. A frame church was built circa 1880 as the congregation had outgrown the school house, but it was destroyed by a tornado in 1886. A second house of worship replaced it in 1888. It was replaced by the present structure in 1911.

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Canon Unitarian Universalist Church, Circa 1900, Franklin County

The Canon Unitarian Universalist Church was established as the Canon Universalist Church in 1885. In 1896, John M. Bowers purchased the Universalist Herald from John C. Burruss of Notasulga, Alabama, and it was published in Canon until 1991. The congregation remains active.

Historic Churches of Canon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

 

 

 

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Canon United Methodist Church, 1907, Franklin County

The Methodist church at Canon was established by Reverend John F. Yarborough in 1905 and built by James Fleming in 1907. Reverend Yarborough served as the first pastor.

Historic Churches of Canon Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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