Nepsey Methodist Church originated as Old Wesley Chapel in 1872, on the plantation of William James Peterson. The congregation built the church at this site in 1877 and renamed it Nepsey Methodist Church, in honor of Sister Nepsey Johnson, a beloved member known as “a steadfast and immovable Christian”. Samuel P. Bryant was the first pastor and the construction of the church was completed during the pastorate of the Rev. M. P. Moore The church was remodeled and bricks added between 1974 and 1977. Nepsey merged with Warren Chapel, which was organized in Mt. Vernon in the early 1900s, in 1983.
This congregation was founded on 19 May 1891. It’s located adjacent to Ailey’s historic Rosenwald School and has been an integral part of the local African-American community throughout its history.
It’s amazing that most of the buildings in a town as small as Ailey are in good condition. The Peterson Companies have done the restoration and utilize the structures for various purposes.
This is one of two false-front buildings on Railroad Street. Surviving examples of this form are relatively uncommon in Georgia.
When I can identify these structures, I will likely repost them individually.
This building, on the corner of Railroad and Broad Streets, is a fine example of formal commercial architecture common at the turn of the last century.
These utilitarian structures may have been related to the railroad.