Old Meansville Baptist Church

Pike County
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Org 1885
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Photography by Tony Cantrell

Meansville is a small rural crossroads town located south of Zebulon, in Pike County.  The little community was named after John Means, one of the early Pike County settlers.  The church you see here was built in 1885 when a group of congregants from a church in Piedmont purchased the land from John Means Jr. for the sum of $20.  She served the congregation well and the congregation prospered, but she was abandoned in the 1930’s when the New Meansville Baptist Church was established in the town, a short distance away.  She stood empty for several years until converted to a private residence in the 1940’s.  The old church is in the final stage of her life now, and will soon be in the Almost Gone But Not Forgotten category. 

The building  you see here shows the conversion from church to residence, but you can clearly see the original 1885 structure reflecting the classic box construction style of a late 19th century rural church.  There are many of them across the state.  She won’t be standing too much longer, since the roof is beginning to get compromised and total collapse will soon follow.

The old church cemetery is across the highway, surrounded by beautiful farmland.  There are just over 100 interments in the cemetery with graves dating back to the 1890s as well as a few fairly recent ones.  There are also many CSA veterans buried there to remind us of the terrible disaster of the Civil War that swept through this part of Georgia 150 years ago.  We also have to keep in mind that these are the final resting places of those that survived the conflict.  There were many others that did not and were buried where they fell.  These old rural cemeteries are full of them and almost all had the rank of Private – another reminder that the conflict was a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.  After the war, the survivors returned to their church homes and returned to farming.  To learn more about the stories of some of them, be sure to click and scroll on the gallery photos below.