Brinson Methodist

Decatur County
Org 1867
Photography by Steve Robinson

The little farm town of Brinson was named after Simeon Brinson who founded and built it, along with two of sons Jason and Homer. The town was placed on the National Register in 1985, and is well worth a visit. Simeon served as a private with the Fifth Georgia Cavalry and moved to the town that became Brinson after the war. He and later his son Jason farmed large acreage and ran the principal cotton warehouse as well as the town’s only bank. Mr. Brinson served as mayor of the town in 1907 and 1913-14 and two terms (1909-12) in the Georgia General Assembly.

From the church history – “This church began as the Spring Creek Mission and was organized in 1867 in a field with 20 members. Rev. Willis M. Russell, a local preacher, was the first pastor and served for the four years the church was known as Spring Creek. The first building was constructed of logs and had no window shutters or doors. The church was next named Mt. Zion, and at some time, a second building of frame construction was built. During this period, the people came to church in wagons and buggies, and the ladies dismounted on a special “Stepping Stone”, hewn from a rock for this purpose. This stone has been moved to the present church yard. The present building was built in 1901; the pulpit and choir loft were remodeled and Sunday School room added in 1933.”