The Georgia Trust

2013 PLACES IN PERIL: LEXINGTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CEMETERY & MANSE

THE STORY
Built in 1893, the Lexington Presbyterian Church is home to the oldest Presbyterian congregation in Northeast Georgia. The church is accompanied by a manse and a cemetery. The manse predates the church and was the original home of the Columbia Theological Seminary (1828), the first theological seminary in Georgia.

THE THREAT
The Lexington Church congregation has dwindled to less than 10 members and is preparing for its dissolution. The church building is in disrepair and declining. Efforts to maintain and repair the structure proved to be inadequate in the face of accelerating damage and deterioration which are beyond the resources of the small congregation.

THE STRATEGY
Emphasize the heritage of these unique architectural assets and gain outside support for their preservation. Support the owners and the community in their efforts to maintain the church's use as a house of worship while identifying other income producing uses.

 

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