Abandoned Church in Nitta Yuma, Mississippi

Abandoned Church at Nitta Yuma

Recently I visited the unincorporated community of Nitta Yuma in the Mississippi Delta. When driving around the town, which is only a few blocks, I came across this abandoned church. I wasn’t able to go inside on the day of my visit but I did come across a video that was posted from someone else’s visit inside the church. (Scroll down to see it).

It looks like it was once a lovely church but it hasn’t stood the test of time. Can’t help but wonder what happened inside these walls and what could have been if it had been cared for and restored.

Old Louisiana State Capitol – Baton Rouge

Old Louisiana State Capitol. Here’s a little history behind it: “New York architect James H. Dakin was hired to design the Baton Rouge capitol building; and rather than mimic the national Capitol Building in Washington, as so many other states had done, he conceived a Neo-Gothic medieval-style castle overlooking the Mississippi, complete with turrets and crenellations. Dakin referred to his design as “Castellated Gothic” due to its decoration with cast iron, which was both cheaper and more durable than other building materials used at the time. The building design was so unusual and distinctive that its romantic, medieval appearance earned the Old Statehouse ridicule from the timelessly famous author, Mark Twain.”

Union Church Presbyterian – Union Church, Mississippi

Union Church Presbyterian

The community of Union Church, settled in 1806 and originally known as Scotch Settlement, was formed by a group of Scotch settlers who left North Carolina around for the promise of fertile farmland on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River. Gaelic speech survived quite a long time here thanks to the Scotch Presbyterians who made the area home.
Union Church Presbyterian is the third oldest presbyterian church in Mississippi. The first church building is a few miles from this location and services were held there from about 1810. The pictured structure (below) was built in 1852 and has survived and been a place of worship for many generations.

Union Church Presbyterian

Andrew Brown Memorial – Natchez, Mississippi

Andrew Brown Memorial

A sassy little mockingbird had perfect timing as I was taking this photo in Natchez City Cemetery. This is the Andrew Brown Memorial (1789 – 1871). Andrew was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He trained as an architect and migrated to Natchez, by way of Pittsburgh, in 1820. In Natchez, he worked as a builder and established his own lumber business.

Ida Cason Memorial Chapel – Callaway Gardens

Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel

The Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel is nestled in the forest around Falls Creek Lake in Callaway Gardens near Columbus, Georgia. The 16th century Gothic inspired chapel was designed by Cason Callaway as a tribute to his mother. The stained glass windows depict pines, soft woods and hardwoods, as well as the Southern forest in a progression of seasons. The sounds of the chapel’s custom-built Möller pipe organ ring out around the area. A lovely soundtrack as you walk the area around the chapel and lake nearby.

S-Town, Alabama

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

If you have not finished the S-Town podcast, please do not read any further or view the photos and descriptions included in this blog until after you have listened to the podcast in its entirety.

If you have listened to the popular podcast, S-Town, you have probably been curious about what the town looks like. Maybe you’ve wanted to drive through S-Town, just to see the town featured in the podcast and possibly understand a bit more of John B. McLemore’s world.  I recently visited and wanted to share some of the sights that are of note.

John B. McLemore reached out to reporter, Brian Reed, to ask him to investigate what he believed to be a murder in his small Alabama S*** t Town. He hated that he kept hearing stories about Kabrum Burt, a member of a local family, murdering someone and getting away with it. The Burt family is well off and owned local lumber stores known as K3 Lumber. It’s important to note that Reed investigated and discovered the murder never happened. As is often the case, a story was told and kept being told and was blown out of proportion. But without that story, Brian Reed would have never met John B. McLemore and we would never have heard about his life. Here are some photos from John’s world of Woodstock and Greenpond, Alabama…

K3 Supply, formerly known as K3 Lumber, in Greenpond

***This is one of the businesses owned by the Burt family.

Entrance to John B’s property

***The public is not allowed on the property so I wasn’t able to see the maze. I have heard it’s overgrown now.

John B’s Little Ceasar’s Pizza Palace

View as you drive the road to Greenpond Presbyterian Cemetery, where John B. is buried

Entrance to Greenpond Presbyterian Cemetery.

***If you ever visit and want to pay your respects, enter this gate for easiest access to John’s gravesite

John B’s Grave