Category Archives: –PAULDING COUNTY GA–

Braswell Methodist Church, 1926, Paulding County

Braswell Methodist is one of the most fascinating vernacular church buildings in Georgia. Its small utilitarian size as well as its local interpretation of the church form might seem crude to some, but they are proof that most rural Georgians did the best with the materials they had available. It stands not only as a testament to the faith of this small historical congregation but as a work of art in itself.

In the 1880s, Henry Braswell and New Yorker William McCracken opened a timber business, focused on crossties, in this section of Paulding County, and the nearby town was named for Braswell. It was a thriving village for about thirty years but was in decline by the 1920s. Mr. Braswell died in 1902 but not before donating land on Brushy Mountain for the purpose of building a Methodist Church. That congregation didn’t materialize until the early 1920s and this unique little church was completed around Christmas Day, 1926, with the first services coming early in the New Year of 1927. The church disbanded many years ago and is now owned by the City of Braswell.

Recently, a group of concerned local citizens, including descendants of members, has led an effort to restore the church.


Yorkville Methodist Church, 1946, Paulding County

Yorkville Methodist Church was established on 28 July 1874. The present structure was built in 1946. It is now home to Liberty Tabernacle.

Yorkville Baptist Church, 1945, Paulding County

Yorkville Baptist Church was established in 1866. The present structure was built in 1945. The history of the church has strong connections to the York family. In the 1820s, Josiah York, a native of Washington County, Tennessee, and his wife Sarah, settled this area, which was on the border of the Creek and Cherokee nations. The York [and Philpot] family was associated with the notorious “Pony Club” which stole horses and operated out of the reach of local law enforcement, which was nearly nonexistent at the time. York served as Justice of the Peace on several occasions between the 1830s and 1870s. He also served as Yorkville postmaster for a time. The land for both churches, the Baptist and Methodist, were donated by Josiah York’s son, Abraham “Hud” York.