Category Archives: Mount Pleasant GA

Single-Pen House, Mount Pleasant

Among my earliest photographs for Vanishing Georgia, this depicts a single-pen house with a shed room, located in the historic Mount Pleasant community of southeastern Wayne County. I’m not sure if it’s still standing, or whether it was original to the location.

Information about Mount Pleasant is scarce, but it had a post office from 1855-1948. Along with short-lived sites at Chauncey’s Ferry (1849-1850), Pendarvis’s Store (1849-1858), (Linder’s Bluff (1854-1857), and Bennettsville (1855-1859), it was one of the first communities in Wayne County to have an official post office.

Akin Methodist Church, 1892, Mount Pleasant

When Lawrence Akin built this church, historically known as Mount Pleasant Methodist Church,  Mount Pleasant was a thriving community whose economy was based on timber. Today, the church is the only real link to that era. Akin was a Camden County native who became involved in banking and politics after moving to Mount Pleasant in 1884. His business interests in the Mount Pleasant area led him to build a suitable church where his family could worship. The community was in steady decline by the late 1920s and by the 1940s, the church membership was nearly too small to sustain. A gift from one of Lawrence Akin’s daughters, Ruth Akin Hightower, insured that the church would survive and the congregation was renamed to honor its founder.