Ezekiel Congregational Methodist Church

EZEKIEL congregational methodist CHURCH | WARE CO. GA | c. 1874

A congregation formed here around 1874, but the structure you see here was built and designed by Manning Thigpen in 1899. A small one-room schoolhouse used to stand on site as well. They served a rural community, once called Pebble Hill, then known as Dixie Union, as the world outside grew bigger, as wars came and passed, as industry shifted, and the South changed. In the 1960s, the church was renovated for a few hundred dollars but the rural area never grew back to enough to support the church. The ruins you see now are the result of years of storms, disuse, and fire from lightning.

At one point, a local historic society attempted to take on the relocation and restoration of the church but there were legal issues with the original church charter. An original signee had to be there to update the charter and unfortunately, those folks are all gone. While the church sat in limbo, lightning struck and a fire destroyed much of the building.

Today it sits quietly crumbling at this crossroads until it can’t hold on any longer.

Photo taken in the 1940s or 1950s- likely during a revival or church celebration.  Photo courtesy of Leigh Nelson- shared via  Vanishing South Georgia

Photo taken in the 1940s or 1950s- likely during a revival or church celebration.

Photo courtesy of Leigh Nelson- shared via Vanishing South Georgia

Taken in 1974 at the Centennial Celebration of the Church.  Photo courtesy of  Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Archives, University System of Georgia

Taken in 1974 at the Centennial Celebration of the Church.

Photo courtesy of Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Archives, University System of Georgia

Outstandingly, Ezekiel's Sister Church, Old Ruskin Church, stands not far away and is an identical twin to this church, except that it has been maintained where Ezekiel Church has not. 


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