Corinth Methodist

Heard County
Org 1830
Photography by Andy Sarge

Corinth Methodist was formed in 1830 as Heard County was being created from portions of Troup, Carroll and Coweta Counties.  The Methodist church was just moving into this part of Georgia and the Georgia Conference was formed and separated from the South Carolina Conference.  The history states that in January of 1833, the annual Methodist Conference was held in La Grange with Bishop James Andrew, a very prominent person in Methodist history, presiding. In the 1840’s the Methodist Episcopal church split into Northern and  Southern factions over the issue of slavery.  Rev. James Andrew was prominently involved in this controversy.  Note – see Andrew Chapel in Coweta County on this website for more information.

The location of the very first structure of Corinth Methodist is not known, but it is believed to have been located nearby. One of the histories tells us the first building was built in 1837 and located about one mile west of the present location.  A 2nd building was then built in 1857 on land donated to the church by Corinth Academy, a school that had been incorporated in 1832 by an act of the Georgia legislature.  Mary Thompson then sold an additional two and a half acres to the church for $25.  At the beginning of the Civil War, the history states that several members of the church were slave owners and that a Corinth pastor, William Cone, enlisted as a chaplain with the Confederacy and died during the war in Richmond.

In 1893 the church acquired the land for it’s present location when it bought a narrow tract of adjoining land from the Corinth Baptist Church.  In the early 1900’s, the decision was made to build a new church with twenty families pledging to support the construction cost.  Construction was begun in 1903 and completed in 1904 at cost of $1,086. It has been well maintained and lovingly cared for by the congregation ever since.  Like all rural churches, Corinth has had her ups and downs but she stands today as a proud reminder of our past for well over 100 years.  We are grateful to the members of the congregation for their stewardship.