The Georgia Trust

2014 PLACES IN PERIL: CHURCH OF THE PURIFICATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, SHARON, TALIAFERRO COUNTY

THE STORY
Built in 1883 in Sharon, the church was successor to the first Roman Catholic parish in Georgia which was established in Locust Grove in 1800. Several notable Georgia families attended the Church of the Purification, including former state governor Alexander Stephens, and the Fitzgerald family, kin to Margaret Mitchell on her maternal side. The church is adjacent to the Locust Grove Academy, established in 1818 as the first chartered Roman Catholic Academy in Georgia, and the Locust Grove Cemetery, Georgia's oldest Catholic cemetery.

THE THREAT
Due to dwindling congregation size, the Church has been classified as a station church which offers mass one day per month and on special occasions. Suffering from lack of funds, the structure is in dire need of rehabilitation, most notably the foundation and bell tower.

THE STRATEGY
Assist the Friends of the Purification Church to raise awareness and locate funds to develop and maintain a long term preservation plan for the structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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