Fowlstown Methodist

Decatur County
Org 1855
Photography by Kathy Gerber

The church you see above, Fowlstown Methodist, was built in 1887 and has been inactive since 1962 – a fate common to these old rural treasures serving small farm communities as the congregations slowly withered away.  However, Fowlstown Methodist has a happy ending.  She now has a second life as a wedding chapel and event menu. You can check it out HERE  She is now The Church On the Farm and available for service once again on the family farm of Mr. J. B. Swicord.  His father owned all the land around the church and the family lived next door to it. He grew up attending services there and recalls it used to be his job to go down and start a fire in the winter, or open the windows in summer.  The church was put up for sale and Mr. Swicord bought it in 1967, not knowing what he would do with it but wanting to keep it in the family and the Fowlstown community. Recently, Mr. Swicord and his grandson decided to move the church to its present location and set up The Church on the Farm.  This required some repairs and renovation but it was done very well as you will see from the gallery photos below.

The earliest record we can find tells us Fowlstown Methodist was a church built in 1855 and was located in the Greenshade community cemetery a couple of miles away.  There are earlier graves in the cemetery and it is reasonable to assume that a church was there prior to 1855, likely a log structure or a simple brush arbor. We also know The Greenshade Tabernacle, a Baptist church, was located at Greenshade from 1858 to 1896.  The Greenshade Methodist Episcopal Church was sold in 1887 and the congregation then split between Fowlstown and Faceville, both located nearby.  The Faceville Methodist church still has an active congregation but the Fowlstown Methodist Church conducted its last service in 1962. The cemetery is still active and there you will find many of Georgia’s early pioneers.

Fowlston and Decatur County figure prominently in Georgia History.  The first white people into this part of Georgia first appeared in the early 19th century as a result of the Creek Indian treaty of 1814. By the terms of the treaty, the Lower Creeks were forced to cede 23 million acres of their territory in South Georgia and Alabama.  Decatur County was created by an act of the state legislature on December 8, 1823.  Fowlstown is located close to the first battle of the Seminole War, which began in November of 1817.  The first shots were fired at a village called Fowltown, which was then located about five miles from where the church is now.  Andrew Jackson, fresh from his victory over the British at New Orleans, was sent to Fort Scott as a result and he soon invaded Spanish Florida to end the conflict.  Fort Scott, located nearby on the Flint River, continued to became a major military buffer due to its proximity to Spanish Florida.

Be sure to click and scroll the photos below for more photos and history of Fowlstown Methodist.

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