The following contain excerpts that were taken from "The History of Habersham Church" written by Essie Broxton and "Habersham Methodist Church Cemetery" compiled by Arnold Isaiah Bell Davis
The first church of this community was known as Olive Branch Church and was located one mile east of the present location of the Habersham Methodist Church. Years later, around 1840, a new church building was erected about 300 yards east of the present location. The congregation soon outgrew this little church and in 1860 acquired additional acreage and started construction of a wooden church at the present location. Also included were plans to include a school and cemetery. This church was named Habersham.
It is said the reason General Sherman did not burn this church was because Mr. Peed, the contractor, was a member of the Masonic Lodge and he painted Masonic Symbols on the church and General Sherman passed it by unharmed. The church and school were completed in 1864.
In March of 1949 tragedy struck. Habersham Methodist Church was burned to the ground by fire of an unknown origin. In December of 1949 the first services were conducted in yet unfinished new building, which had been erected exactly on the site of the old Habersham Methodist Church.
Atop a red hill, amidst a quiet Georgia countryside, stands the Habersham Methodist Church surrounded by those who have gone before. The original memorials that are closest to the church show burn marks and in some cases are cracked due to the intense heat of the fire of 1949. Many of the gravesites have been renovated and the parishioners have continued to preserve and maintain this beautiful church yard cemetery.
GPS Coordinates: 32.939, -81.888
- Added: 14 Dec 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2286033
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