Silver Creek Methodist

Floyd County
Org 1869
Photography by Sam Ratcliffe

Silver Creek Methodist is located in the foothills of North Georgia in Floyd County on the banks of Silver Creek, south of Rome.   The church was founded in 1869 shortly after the Civil War on three acres of land donated by Dennis Hills “for the use and benefit of the Methodist Episcopal Church South”.  Floyd County has experienced much turmoil since its founding on December 3, 1832.  In 1838 and 1839 U.S. troops, prompted by the state of Georgia, expelled the Cherokee Indians from their ancestral homeland in this part of Georgia and removed them to the Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, resulting in the infamous Trail of Tears. Shortly thereafter, the county experienced much Civil War devastation as Sherman moved toward Atlanta and his March to the Sea.

There is very little early history of the church that has survived, partly because the official church records were destroyed in 1909 when a cyclone struck the home of the church secretary, where the records were kept.  As you can see from the early photo below, the church has undergone some significant changes over the years.  Sunday School rooms have been added to the north side of the church, and a dramatic steeple was added in the 1950’s.  We are told by the church history that the steeple is the result of a gift of one of the church members, Mrs. F. H. Schlapbach.  In addition, a bell in honor of her late husband was presented by the Central of Georgia Railroad to Mrs. Schlapbach in honor of her husband for his many years of service.  The bell is now in the belfry of the steeple.

The church enjoys an active congregation and we are indebted to them for maintaining this important icon of of Georgia history.  The lovely cemetery has many of Floyd Counties early settlers buried there, including a number of Civil War veterans.   Be sure to click and scroll on the photos below for more Silver Creek history.