Tag Archives: Churches of Dodge County GA

Free Gift Missionary Baptist Church, Dodge County

This historic Black congregation may have been established in the 1910s, as the earliest identifiable burials in the adjacent cemetery are circa 1919. There are several vernacular headstones present, including the three crosses that follow.

Katie Mumford (birth and death dates unknown)

George Lockett (birth and death dates unknown)

Harrett (sic; Harriet) Lockett (birth and death dates unknown)

New Daniels Baptist Church, Dodge County

This congregation was established in 1905, and the church was probably built soon thereafter. It’s my guess that New Daniels (also referred to as New Daniel) was an offshoot of the Old Daniel Baptist Church. Relatives of my great-grandmother [Bohannon and Harrell families] were members at Old Daniel, but unfortunately, I can’t find any history of either congregation. I will update if I learn more.

Presbyterian Church, 1892, Eastman

This structure was the original home of the First Presbyterian Church. The congregation was established in 1877 and services were held in the courthouse until the completion of the church building in 1892. The Reverend William McKay served as the first pastor. The town’s’ namesake, William Pitt Eastman was among the first members, along with Miss Carro C. Eastman, Fannie P. Chandler, Lillie E. Chandler, Mary De Groat, Mrs. John Gardiner, Ursula Roberts, Joseph W. Sheldon, Nancy Sheldon, George W. Sheldon, John D. Sheldon, and Mary Russell. William Pitt Eastman and Joseph W. Sheldon were elected Ruling Elders, but Mr. Eastman declined the office.

Phillip Harrell notes that this was also used as the Catholic Church for a time.

Springfield Baptist Church, Chester

Sand Grove Baptist Church, 1919, Dodge County

Sand Grove Baptist Church Dodge County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Charles Seabrook shared this history of Sand Grove on our Vanishing Georgia Facebook group: This is from the church’s history: The Sand Grove Baptist Church is situated in the Conley settlement midway between Milan and Rhine near the Telfair County line. It was first operated as a branch of the Milan Baptist Church and the services were held under a brush arbor until October 9, 1898, when the church was organized under the name of Sand Grove Baptist Church. They continued to hold services under the brush arbor until 1900, at which time a church building was erected. This building was used until March, 1919, when the present handsome church building was erected. It is a beautiful building and one which would be a credit to any county.

Rhine Methodist Church, Dodge County

Rhine GA Methodist Church Dodge County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This church as built in 1889.