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St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1897, Rockville

St. Paul Methodist Church was originally known as Enterprise. They worshiped a few miles away in a church built in 1871 by William and Kinchon Little and assumed the name of St. Paul in 1879. In 1897, they merged with another church in the area, New Hope, and built this structure adjacent to Rockville Academy. The land was donated by Professor F. G. Branch, principal of the academy, and the land was chosen because it was halfway between the old St. Paul Church and New Hope Church.

Rockville Academy and St. Paul Methodist Church Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Concord United Methodist Church, Putnam County

William B. Pritchard and Thomas Johnston built a log church known as Victory in 1810, on the Milledgeville-Athens stagecoach road. The congregation changed its name to Concord in 1812. It was the first Methodist church west of the Oconee River. I have been unable to locate a date for the construction of the present structure.

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Ward’s Chapel A. M. E. Church, 1940s, Putnam County

Historic Wards Chapel AME Church Alice Walkers Childhood Congregation Putnam County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This historic African-American congregation dates to the early 1800s and was the childhood church home of one of Georgia’s most popular authors, Alice Walker. After years of disrepair, it’s being restored.

Wards Chapel AME Church Cemetery Alice Walker Family Plot Putnam County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The small cemetery across the road is where Ms. Walker’s family are buried.

Alice Walker’s mother and father:

Wards Chapel AME Cemetery Willie Lee Walker Headstone Alice Walker's Father Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Willie Lee Walker – 13 September 1909-26 January 1973

Wards Chapel AME Cemetery Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker Headstone Alice Walker's Mother Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Minnie Tallulah Grant Walker – 2 December 1912-10 September 1993

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Eatonton United Methodist Church

Eatonton GA Historic United Methodist Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

From the Eatonton First United Methodist Church website: Methodism has been a driving influence in Putnam County for over 200 years.  Although the earliest days of organized church history in the town of Eatonton will probably forever remain a mystery, we do know that a small group of faithful servants of Christ were active in what was known as the Sabbath in 1820. The community built its first church, old Union Church, in 1819.  For the next 39 years, the building was shared by the Methodists, Baptists, Christian and Presbyterian congregations, as well as the Masons.  The Methodist church began taking “subscription pledges” in 1855 to construct a building of their own.  By the year 1857, a lot was purchased on North Madison Avenue for the establishment of the First United Methodist Church of Eatonton. Later that year, with the appointment of a pastor and the construction of the original church, a beautiful Greek revival “temple form” building, the First United Methodist Church of Eatonton became a reality.  The church was dedicated in March of 1858 and cost about $7,600.  In the years following, electric lights and stained glass windows were added.  Classrooms were assembled in the basement as the church and community continued to grow.

In 1979, disaster struck when an arsonist burned the original sanctuary.  Despite this unfortunate act, the congregation rallied.  The sanctuary was rebuilt and reopened in 1981 on Easter Sunday.  This is the Historic Sanctuary that you see off Madison Avenue today, sitting on the same lot as the original.

Eatonton First United Methodist Church GA Rose Window Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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Eatonton Presbyterian Church, 1897

Historic Eatonton Presbyterian Church Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Eatonton Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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