Historic church finds new purpose in new city

Historic church finds new purpose in new city
Historic church in Leesburg.
Historic church in Leesburg.
Judy Powell
Judy Powell
Ellen Alderman
Ellen Alderman

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - A historic church in Leesburg is on its way to a new home in another south Georgia city.

The old Presbyterian church on Main street was picked up and relocated to a plantation in Moultrie on Monday.

After 100 years, the church has found a new purpose in a new city.

Lots of hands on were on deck to make sure the move went smoothly.

"It is about to get rolling!" said Sundown Farms Plantation owner Ellen Alderman.

Rolling about 60 miles from Leesburg to Moultrie.

"It's a dream come true," she added.

Alderman said she can't wait to give this church some much needed TLC.

"They're beautiful, beautiful old pine floors," said Alderman. "The ceiling is old. The wainscoting is old.  And we're going to restore it to its former glory."

She said she had been trying to find a historic building to relocate to her family-owned Sundown Farms Plantation in Moultrie.

"We've been working on this for three years," she said, "and it's always been a dream of mine to put a chapel over there."

Residents who live by the old church said Monday's relocating is bittersweet.

"It's just an anchor in the Leesburg, Georgia," said resident Judy Powell. "It's kind of a sad day. But it's going to a new home. And that's good."

Judy Powell has lived just a few steps away from the church for 67 years.

And while she was not a member herself, she had family and friends who were.

"They used to have a 6 o'clock service.  And my cousin was the piano player. And she really played that piano," Powell said.  "You sang all those old Christian good songs.  It was just a good, tight family group there."

And even with the stained glass windows boarded up and the steeple taken down, folks in Leesburg said the church will always carry so many precious memories.

And now, they look forward to the future of the building and the new memories it will create.

Sundown Farms Plantation hopes to complete the old church's transformation into a chapel by September.

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