I vaguely remember watching the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” some years back and not enjoying it very much. But I also remember seeing the book that inspired the movie and appreciating its cover photograph. I haven’t given it much thought since, until I was in Savannah, Georgia again this week. I was looking for something new to do and bought a ticket to the Telfair Museums. The $20 ticket provides access to the Telfair Academy, the Jepson Center, and the Owens-Thomas House. It was in the Jepson Center, a small contemporary art gallery, that the original “Bird Girl” statue was standing.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had a few days here and there for weekend travel, and churches are a theme that I usually can add to as I drive around most locations. For example, on a recent long weekend in southern Georgia I shot over three dozen rural churches and then several more on Christmas weekend trip in Florida.
Georgia is a big state with a lot of small towns. And in and near these small towns are a variety of old churches, some in use and well maintained, and others in different stages of disrepair or ruin.
On a recent trip through Georgia, I spent most of my time in the larger cities of Atlanta and Savannah, but made a point to search out some interesting spots along the way. Researching before the trip, I found a pair of very useful websites that helped locate some of these old places off the beaten path (see Historical Rural Churches of Georgia http://hcrga.org and Vanishing South Georgia http://vanishingsouthgeorgia.com/ ).