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The Short Door to Salvation | by Jeff Milsteen
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The Short Door to Salvation

Another semi-abandoned (but supposedly being preserved) rural church in east Georgia. This one started life as the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church in Hancock County, Georgia. It was built in 1813-1814 at a cost of $700. Services were held in the church until 1903, but by then there were only 10 members left. It was then sold to the trustees of the Mt. Zion Methodist church for $200. The Methodists used the church until 1958, after which it was used only rarely for the occasional wedding or funeral. In 1969, the Methodists gave the church to the Hancock County Foundation for Preservation. According to the Foundation's website, a new roof was put on the church in 2002, but it has a few "current needs":

 

"The exterior needs to be painted, windows re-glazed, shutters repaired and painted; overhanging mature pine trees are an immediate threat to the church building and graveyard. Project estimates:

 

Repair/paint window shutters/carpentry ……………………………….. $12,000.00

Scrap, prime and paint exterior; paint interior ceiling ……………..… 14,725.00

Tree removal and pruning ……………………………………...……… 16,000.00

Total: $42,725.00

 

I'm not sure if they've looked lately, but I'd say those interior walls could use a little work too!

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Taken on June 12, 2011