A month or so ago, that weekend in August that was . . . well “cool” isn’t the right word, but “not as hot” as previous weekends, I decided to take a photographic pilgrimage through Jefferson and Claiborne counties. The sky was blue and the light was just losing that glare of July, and I thought it was a good time to get to know some of Mississippi’s landmark buildings that I hadn’t spent much time with before. On my journey, in a happy coincidence, I was able to take photos of four important churches, all of which were open to visitors. In this the first part of a Going Inside mini-series, we look at Rocky Springs Methodist Church. Built in 1837, the brick church is more Federal than Greek Revival, with a round-arched window flanked by double entrances and a two-tiered belfry topping it. Rocky Springs’ congregation finally disbanded in 2010, but the church and its grounds–which includes a great old cemetery amongst live oaks and cedars dripping with Spanish moss–is still cared for. The doors are unlocked. Sign the guest book, and take a $5 or $10 or $20 bill with you on the walk from your car to leave in the locked box. These historic places require two things to survive for our enjoyment and that of future generations: people who care and money. You’re already the first, so give the second.
Rocky Springs is located just off the Natchez Trace and is the only trace left of the once thriving agricultural community of Rocky Springs. The place has a rooted, lived-in, slightly spooky feel. I highly recommend a visit!
Categories: Antebellum, Churches, Historic Preservation
Thank you for sharing this! It is haunting; I always feel sad when I see a church that isn’t being used. But this one looks like it is ready for services!
Rocky Springs is the setting for the book “Deep South” by Nevada Barr. The cemetery there is wonderful with the elegant tombstones, wrought iron fencing, and old oak trees draped in Spanish moss. Will make the hair on your neck stand up, for sure.