Religious institutions played an important role in the development of Troup County. Here are a few that stand out when looking at the history of our community.
Local churches served as gathering places for worship, schools, political clubs, meetings, weddings, revivals, and social occasions.
No matter what religious institution people attended, their church was an integral part of life. Experience a vital part of Troup County history with a visit to a historic church!
Many of the churches in Troup County were established in 1828 and the following decade. They had integrated membership, with families and their servants sitting together or with servants sitting in the balcony. Generally, rural churches were segregated by sex, with men on the left and women to the right.
The number of churches in Troup County grew significantly following the Civil War, when most black church members withdrew to form their own churches. A second jump in church numbers came with the textile mills, when mill owners provided locations for several new churches.
Throughout the history of West Georgia, new churches have formed, and they continue to play a part in our community’s history and progress. Choose one of these historic churches to visit or take a drive and see several of them as you explore Troup County!
Warrren Temple Methodist was founded in 1865, although the current structure was built in 1934.
In 1940, following the lynching of Austin Callaway, pastors and leaders in the African American community met in Warren Temple to organize a local chapter of the NAACP. In 2017, a permanent historical marker was erected at Warren Temple, in honor of Austin Callaway’s life and Warren Temple’s role in the community response. The church remains an active part of our community!
The land where St. Peter’s is located was once owned by Godfred Kener, a Prussian immigrant who established a sawmill and furniture factory on the site in the 1840s. It was one of the only industrial buildings that was not burned by Union Troops during the Civil War, because it was only producing coffins at the time.
In 1888, it became the city’s first textile mill and produced electricity for LaGrange streets and public buildings in the 1890s. The mill and the furniture store were torn down in 1986 and St. Peter’s Catholic Church was built on the lot.
Visit St. Peter’s and the former site of LaGrange Mills at the southeast corner of Morgan and Hines Streets!
Long Cane Baptist Church boasts the oldest church building in Troup County. In the mid-1830s, the building was constructed adjacent to camp meeting grounds owned by the Baptist and Presbyterian Churches of Long Cane, who worshipped together.
Visit Long Cane Baptist at 5458 Westpoint Road in LaGrange.
Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church was organized in 1829 under the name of Smith’s Meeting House. The name was changed to Flat Shoals Church the following year. The original building still stands at the fork of Salem Road and Flat Shoals Church Road. Many Troup County pioneers are buried in that cemetery!
Our historic churches were some of the first buildings in Troup County and were gathering places where much of our history was planned and created. Deepen your Troup County experience by visiting one or more of our historic churches!