Ousley Baptist Church, 1881, Lowndes County

Ousley Baptist Church was established in 1850 but didn’t construct their first permanent home until 1874. It was replaced by this structure, which has been in continual use since 1881 . It is one of the landmark churches of Lowndes County.

Naylor United Methodist Church, Lowndes County

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This congregation was established in 1870. Services were first held in a log cabin which also served as a schoolhouse. Riley R. Fender, a Confederate veteran, was the first member. Private Fender was blinded during the war but served the congregation as Sunday School superintendent for 40 years. Around 1872, the first church building was constructed on land donated by Asa Rooks.  The present structure was built in the early 1900s.

The Chapel of the Garden, 1898, Valdosta

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Originally built as the wash house for the Crescent, this structure was refashioned in 1979 to serve its present purpose.

National Register of Historic Places

Lake Park Christian Church, Circa 1878

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Lake Park’s beautiful Christian Church dates to the earliest days of the settlement. It was founded in 1878 and church, which was originally located at the site of the old Lake Park Cemetery, was moved by mules in 1922 to its present site.

First United Methodist Church, 1904, Valdosta

valdosta ga first united methodist church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2009Valdosta Commercial Historic District, National Register of Historic Places