Category Archives: Long Pond GA

Long Pond Methodist Church, 1877

Long Pond is a real treasure. It retains its two historic churches, an old school house and store. Most places like this have long disappeared and are nothing more than a name on a map, but not so Long Pond, where history is truly appreciated. When the congregations of this church and its neighbor, Long Pond Baptist, got too small to sustain services, the community came together and decided to meet in both houses of worship on alternating schedules. Both congregations date to 1802, when Montgomery County was filled with pioneer settlers taming Georgia’s interior.

I first went to Long Pond in February of 2012. At that time I met Mr. James Fowler, to whom I’m grateful for sharing  the history of this wonderful place, and for granting me access to it’s beautiful interior. He was a true Southern gentleman, of the kind you never find anymore. His charisma and love for this place and the surrounding area was inspiring.

I hope someone in the community will work to place this church, as well as the Baptist Church, on the National Register of Historic Places.


Long Pond Baptist Church, Montgomery County

Founded in the same year as Long Pond Methodist, the present Baptist church was built in the late 19th century.

McArthur’s Store, Long Pond

Tarrel Clark writes: Mr. Bruce McArthur ran this store as long as I can remember. I don’t know if Peter Johnson owned the building or bought it after Mr. Bruce died. I traded many coke bottles for candy in that store. I bought my first cigar from Mr. Bruce when I was 13 years old.

Walter C. Johnson adds: Peter Johnson was my great-grandfather. The store was owned and operated by his son-in-law, Bruce McArthur. When we kids were visiting from Florida, a highlight of the trip was going to Uncle Bruce’s store for a Coke and peanuts.

Long Pond School, Montgomery County

This now serves as the Long Pond community house.