Category: Churches

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.

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

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.

Mooresville Church of Christ – Mooresville, Alabama

Mooresville Church of Christ

While exploring Mooresville, Alabama I almost passed by this church without taking a photo. It seemed so simple. But every church has a story and this one involves a future President of the United States. Mooresville Church of Christ has held services in this building since 1854. Future president James A. Garfield preached a sermon in the building when he was stationed nearby as a federal soldier during the Civil War. Glad I took photos of this place…it’s a historical treasure.

Christ Church Frederica – St Simons Island, Georgia

Christ Church Frederica, on St Simons Island in Georgia, was established in 1808 and is the 2nd oldest church in Georgia. The original church building was constructed in 1820 but was burned by Union troops during the Civil War. In 1884, Anson Greene Phelps Dodge, lead the rebuilding of the church as an act of love and remembrance of his wife, Ellen, who had died recently. The church still stands today as a memorial to her. Ellen is buried beneath the alter. The author, Eugenia Price, brought the Dodge family and so many other interesting and inspirational families to life on the pages of her St Simons Trilogy. She’s buried here as well. Highly recommend her books if you love St Simons and the Savannah area and you appreciate novels that are inspired by real people.

Old Rodney Presbyterian Church – Rodney, Mississippi

Old Rodney Presbyterian Church - Rodney, Mississippi

Inside Old Rodney Presbyterian Church in Rodney, Mississippi

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Chapel of Ease – St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Chapel of Ease

The St. Helena Chapel of Ease was built around 1740 to serve planters in St. Helena Parish who lived at great distances from the parish church in Beaufort. During the Civil War, Federal troops occupied St. Helena and the church was used by several of the Northerners who had come to the island to educate and train the freedmen. It was also used as a sanctuary by Methodist freedmen as early as 1868. The chapel of ease was burned by a forest fire in February 1886 and was never repaired.

Christ Episcopal – Church Hill, Mississippi

Church Episcopal Church

If you’re up for a road trip that truly takes you down some beautiful back roads in Mississippi, have I got the road trip for you!

About 18 miles north of Natchez, on Hwy 553 at Church Hill Fork, you’ll find the rural community of Church Hill. The area is named after Christ Episcopal Church which sits atop a hill. This stunning Gothic Revival church made of stone is the oldest Episcopal Church in Mississippi.
As for the rest of the town, only a few buildings remain including a historic grocery store that closed in the ’90s. It’s worth the drive to see this church and explore the grounds.

St. Joseph Catholic Church – Port Gibson, Mississippi

St. Joseph Catholic Church

The moment you walk into St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Gibson, Mississippi,  you fall silent and you’re struck by a kind of purple haze. The light shining throughout is courtesy of the cobalt blue stained-glass windows. Vivid and beautiful!  The church was built in 1849 and is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the state of Mississippi.

If you love churches and architecture, stop by 909 Church Street, off Hwy 61, in Port Gibson for a visit.