This congregation was founded on 19 May 1891. It’s located adjacent to Ailey’s historic Rosenwald School and has been an integral part of the local African-American community throughout its history.
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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.
Soon after Ailey was settled, Methodists began holding services in their homes. When the church was constructed, there were 24 members. Reverend J. S. Lewis was the pastor at the time. The building is of native pine painted white. In 1942, the building was raised to add a lower floor for Sunday School rooms.