My friend Cynthia Jennings tracked down the story of this congregation, via an old Twiggs County history book and I’m sharing it below. There’s an earlier photo of the church at her website.
Now known as the Beech Springs Methodist Church, the congregation was founded in 1878. It got its name because of a nearby spring surrounded by beech trees. At the time of the church’s founding, there were no nearby Methodist churches. The church was built by Elbert Millirons, a founding member of the church, with the assistance of two Black carpenters, Uzzell Sherman and Joe Sears. The first pastor was Julian Toole. The church was expanded in 1916 to add Sunday school classrooms. In 1931, the building was remodeled entirely [to its present appearance].
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