Grooverville – Brooks County – Visiting Grooverville Methodist Church (built in 1856) last week was so interesting I wanted to share the history of this special church. From it’s beginnings in 1833 until 1987, there’s a lot of history here.
The church traces its beginnings to William H. Ramsey, who in the 1830s built a brush arbor on his plantation a few miles away for Bible Study and Worship.
The area became a trading route along a stagecoach route. As more Methodists moved to the area, they pooled their resources and first built a log church. In 1856, the current church building was built to Methodist specifications – a simple building with shutters, and a belfry with a bell.
Originally called Station No. 18, then Key, Grooverville was incorporated in 1859.
The church held a Centennial Celebration in 1933 – with Rev J.O. Standaland, a great-grandson of William H. Ramsey conducting the services. Two mementos of the church were discussed – Communion Cloths made by Mrs. Richard Ramsey of linen birdseye in 1858. These were used until 1935. A Communion Service Set was also in use since 1878.
Visiting this church with a friend, I heard about attending church as a child with grandmother and how they sat near the heater. That brought back memories of being so proud to attend church with grandparents – where you sat in the same pew for decades. Getting “the look” for squirming, fidgeting, and in my case probably driving a Matchbox car along the back of the pew in front of us…memories!
Remember how hot it was attending in your “Sunday Best” in the summer? Reminded me of those hand fans you’d see ladies using in church?!
Regular services were held at Grooverville Methodist until 1987. Spending some time inside of here, I couldn’t help but be nostalgic for the “good old days” when life seemed to have a simpler rhythm. Or at least it sure seemed like it as a kid.
Hope you enjoyed taking a look around this special church, and I so appreciate you reading the blog!