A modern brick church stands adjacent to this structure. I’m glad the congregation has done their best to save this structure.
I recently revisited this wonderful old church and was able to photograph the interior.
Not only was the pot-bellied stove still intact, but a stack of firewood remained at the back of the sanctuary, awaiting the next congregants.
The church is true landmark of vernacular architecture and its survival is extraordinary.
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This was the structure built by and for the black members of Ways Baptist Church after the end of the Civil War and Emancipation of the Slaves. The brick building was the later church. Prior to emancipation, blacks and whites worshipped together at the Ways Baptist Church. The church minutes have been transcribed and turned into book form, available on Amazon. Blacks were not allowed to vote, but were members of the Ways Baptist Church; they took communion and were baptized along with the whites. My Great-great-great Grandfather, Moses Brinson Sr., was a charter member of the Ways Baptist Church; the founding members came out of the Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Burke County.
Thank you for sharing this great information!
The pictures are so amazing. I am doing my family ancestry and most of them were in the Stellaville, Jefferson county area of Ga and I am trying to find the place where the farm was located they lived in. I see the map and aerial view and it doesn’t appear there is a building or anything there. I thought maybe in your abundance of pictures maybe you have something from the time frame of 1880 to 1940, my family names are King, Jones, and Perdue. Thanking you in advance for any information you could possibly help me with.
The Jefferson County Historical Society folks may be able to help. (They have a facebook page.)