Snow Methodist

Dooly County
Org 1833
Photography by Tony Cantrell

Up until the 1820s, this land had been inhabited by the Creek Indians until the Treaty of Indian Springs forced them to cede their lands. Soon after, white settlers moved into the area and began establishing small communities. One such community emerged here in Dooly County, despite the lack of a river or viable creek nearby. Many of these early families came from the Carolinas and intermarried their families.  A decade after the area was opened to settlement, it was time to lay down more permanent roots.

According to the church’s founding history, it was 1832 when neighbors gathered at the home of Mrs. Tilly Crumpler and decided that they wanted to establish proper religious services. A group was selected to canvas the local area looking for a suitable place to build a church house. Because they weren’t near any creek or river, they needed a site with a good water supply since church meetings sometimes lasted for several days. While surveying the woods, they found a spring that had sand as white as snow, and thus, they had the name for their new community and meeting, Snow Spring (also sometimes just called Snow). On this site, they built a brush arbor and plans were set for the first camp meeting in 1833.

Before long, the church decided to erect a more permanent structure for worship, and a local, Mr. Isaac Taylor of Houston County, deeded 8 acres of land where they built a log church and established a cemetery. In April 1843, the congregation became part of the Methodist Episcopal Society, however, they credit the date of their founding to a decade prior when their meeting began under a brush arbor. The first Methodist services here were led by a circuit-riding preacher and sometimes, would last from 2 days to as long as 2 weeks. Back then, people would come from all around by wagon and on foot to attend church services. Thanks to the steady supply of water from the spring, they were able to camp overnight in the area while meetings went on.

In 1900 or 1901, the earlier log church burned down and a newer, more modern church was erected in its place in 1903 that is still in use today. Many of its original features are still intact, including the original stained glass windows, and handmade pews. However, the bell tower was removed in the 1920s in the name of modernization as the church bells were considered “old fashioned” by that time. In the early 1900s, school was also taught here, although it isn’t clear if there was a dedicated building for classes or if the sanctuary served both purposes. A post office was opened at Snow in 1879, although the community became too small to sustain it and it was closed in 1905.

Today, the church still holds regular services, making Snow Methodist the oldest, still-active church in Dooly County.  Be sure to click and scroll the gallery photos below for more information on this historic church.

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