Archive for November 14th, 2013

Destination Columbia

November 14, 2013

I’m usually doing the driving on our trips. Sugar is a professional driver, of sorts, but he hates to drive.

And he doesn’t usually take the photos, either, although he did take the one of the Mary Willis Library and a few at the Sarah Hillhouse house.  He’s got potential.

So I’m usually not driving and snapping photos at the same time.  Sugar is the best spotter.  Of signs, and markers, and tombstones, and turtles in the road, he’s your man.  But sometimes between the two of us, we can’t read a sign way down the street when we’re inner-city driving, and I’ve got a trick that helps me, and might help you.

I use the camera on a zoom setting, and take a photo of the street sign, then look at the photo on the camera display.  You can also take a zoomy photo, and then zoom in even more.  This trick came in handy when we were trying to find our turn so that we could end up at our destination.

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This photo was taken from two blocks away while we were waiting at a red light.  Pickens wasn’t the street we needed.

We found our street, and wound around a bit more to our destination.

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Claussen’s Bakery.  It’s a boutique inn, and you can read more about it here on their website.

And tomorrow?

The South Caroliniana Library!  A LawtonFest!

From Washington to Columbia

November 14, 2013

Most of the way from Washington, Georgia, to Columbia, South Carolina, is two-lane. We decided to pull over to reinspect the map, and luckily, there was a handy pull-over spot.

In front of a church.

With historical markers.

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Smyrna Methodist

Church

     ORGANIZED IN 1785 OR 86 BY

TWO PRESBYTERIAN MINISTERS REV.

JOHN NEWTON & REV. JOHN SIMPSON.

FIRST HOUSE OF WORSHIP ERECTED

IN 1793 ON LAND GIVEN BY SIR JOHN

TALBOT IN 1820 PRESBYTERIAN MEM-

BERSHIP TRANSFERRED TO WASHING-

TON AND OFFERED SMYRNA TO THE

METHODISTS.  REGULAR CHURCH

SERVICES HAVE BEEN HELD ON THIS

SITE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION SINCE 1793.

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SMYRNA CHURCH

Smyrna Church was organized about 1786, by the Rev. John Newton

and the Rev. John Simpson, Presbyterian ministers under the

jurisdiction of the South Carolina Presbytery.  Services were

at first held in the homes of the members.  The first Smyrna

church edifice, built on this site in 1793, was of logs, with

a steeple.  The first regular pastor was the Rev. John Springer,

who preached here until 1801.  About 1820, the church membership

decline to fifteen, and these removed to Washington to affiliate

with the Washington Presbyterian Church.

At this time, the Smyrna Presbyterians, through their elders,

tenered the use of the church edifice to the Methodists, who

accepted and soon established a flourishing Methodist Society

here.  The old church was in use until 1860, when it was torn

down and a new building erected.  On October 6, 1886, the title

to Smyrna Church was passed from the Trustees of the Washington

Presbyterian Church to the Trustees of the Smyrna Methodist

Church.  In 1911, a new building was constructed, the third

Smyrna on this site.

In the 1840s, an encampment was prepared near the church, and

was used as a camp ground by both Presbyterians and Methodists.

 

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SMYRNA CHURCHYARD

This burying ground was laid out in 1788 when

Sir John Talbot gave two acres of his vast

estate for use as a Presbyterian Church and

churchyard.  Sir John was descended from the Earl

of Shrewsbury.  His own son, Matthew Talbot, served

as a Superior Court judge, President of the

Georgia Senate in 1811, 1817-22, and as Governor

of Georgia from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5, 1819.  Both

are buried here.

W.H.T. Walker, Confederate General killed in the

Battle of Atlanta, was a descendant of Sir John

Talbot.

The Presbyterians moved to a new building in

Washington in 1825.

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And taking photos of both sides of the markers, even though they are identical, shows interesting details of the landscape, like how near the highway is, or the foliage.

Or Sugar sitting in the car, pushing food in his face.