Tag Archives: Churches of Talbot County GA

Horeb Primitive Baptist Church, Talbot County

Horeb was constituted in 1835 and built a house of worship before 1841. It’s possible that this structure dates to that time, but my resources aren’t sufficient to confirm at this time.

Collinsworth United Methodist Church, 1834, Talbot County

The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: Collinsworth was organized prior to 1830, by a band of Methodists meeting at the home of George Menifee. The first church was a log cabin called Menifee’s Meeting House. They built the present structure in 1834 and named it for Reverend John Collinsworth, a former pastor. The dedication service, by Reverend Lovick Pierce, wasn’t held until 1859.

Collinsworth is a fine example of a vernacular Greek Revival church, evident in the locally executed Ionic capitals (above). The builder was Urban Cooper Tigner, owner of a nearby plantation and a self-taught architect/contractor. Tigner also built the Lumsden House.

Corinth Methodist Church, 1869, Prattsburg

Corinth Methodist Church was organized by Reverend James Stockdale and Josiah Matthews in 1828. The congregation met at varied locations over their first four decades. This vernacular Greek Revival structure was dedicated by Reverend R. J. Corley on 24 October 1869. The congregation consolidated with the nearby Collinsworth Methodist Church in 1965.

Talbotton Baptist Church, 1924


This lot has been reserved since Talbotton’s founding in 1828 for the Baptist Church. The present structure is an unusual style (Spanish Colonial Revival, stripped-down) for Georgia churches. The church appears so “modern” that I was surprised to learn it’s over 90 years old.

Zion Episcopal Church, 1848, Talbotton


Talbotton’s Episcopal community never numbered more than twelve families, but their Tudor Gothic church stands as a wonderful testament to them nearly 170 years after its construction. The church retains its original slave galleries and boxed pews. A Pilcher organ, installed in 1850, is the oldest of its variety still in continuous use in the United States. Quarterly services are held here and all are welcome to attend. Find out more about the schedule on the Zion Episcopal Church Facebook page.

Jeff Liipfert recalls: I used to hand pump the pipe organ during services here many years ago when I was a little boy. The priest from Fort Valley would go to Talbotton one Sunday afternoon a month to hold services. My mother was the church organist in Fort Valley. She and the choir from Fort Valley would go along also. That’s how I ended up pumping the organ. I could see my mother from where I pumped the organ, so a choir member sitting at the corner of the organ had to give me a signal to start pumping and fill the bellows before my mother started playing. They had to keep that lead weight above a certain mark to assure that there was enough air in the organ.

National Register of Historic Places

Talbotton United Methodist Church, 1857


From the Historical Marker placed by the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church in 1978: As Methodism moved across Georgia, in 1830 Jesse Sinclair and Henry W. Hilliard were sent by the South Carolina Methodist Conference to the Flint River Mission of which Talbot Co. was a part. In 1831 this circuit became a part of the newly formed Georgia Conference and by 1834 Talbotton became a separate Charge. Upon the incorporation of Talbotton on 20 December 1828 a lot was set aside for a Methodist Church and deed to it on 25 June 1831. Soon a substantial wooden church was erected. In 1857 this building was replaced by the present handmade brick church constructed by Miranda Fort. Among the oldest original brick churches of the South Georgia Conference, it is an outstanding example of Greek Revival Temple Architecture.

Geneva Presbyterian Church, Talbot County


I haven’t located any history of this beautiful church as yet, but I’ve learned that it may be in use by a Baptist congregation at the present time. It’s a real gem and in a wonderful state of preservation. It probably dates to the 1870s or 1880s.

Geneva Methodist Church Steeple, 1875, Junction City


This steeple, once part of the old Methodist Church in nearby Geneva, was relocated and restored by Mike Buckner; it can now be found at Patsiliga Plantation. The original bell is still intact, as well, and I had fun ringing it.