In early 1881 the Norwood Methodist Church was organized in a little school house located opposite the site of the present Norwood Baptist Church. In February of 1882, Flavius McGinty of Warren County deeded 3,900 square yards of land to several of the trustees to be used as a “divine place of worship for the ministry and membership of the Norwood Methodist Episcopal Church”. The deed is recorded in the office of the clerk of Superior Court of Warren County, Deed Book DD, page 417. While a building was being erected on this lot, Sunday school continued to be held in the school house. The structure was completed and dedicated in 1882. There are still quite a few buildings left in the old town of Norwood, named after the Hon. Thomas Norwood, a member of congress from Savannah in 1888. It had previously been named Gunn’s Mill after a grist mill built by Mr. Radford Gunn just prior to the Civil War.
While considered very rural today, Norwood was quite a railroad town in the late 1800’s. Banks, hotels, cotton gins and retail stores clustered around the old depot.
I will lift up mine eyes.
A place for quiet reflection.
The church is visible from the road and lends a very dignified presence to the old village of Norwood.
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My uncle, Rev Bill Brackman, preached here in the mid-1950s. Norwood Methodist Church was part of a 3 or 4 church charge with Johnson Methodist, also in Warren Co. The odd part is my uncle was unmarried and living with his brother, John (also a preacher and married) in Lilburn GA in Gwinnett Co and would drive out to preach at different churches in Warren Co each weekend. These were the days before interstates, so the trip took nearly 3 hours each way.
This is the Norwood United Methodist Church not the Baptist Church
Thanks Pam. Not sure how this happened. Fixed.