"Old Harmony church was built & constituted
in Salem District in 1828. My father was one of the contributors. We boys
had to walk one and a half miles to hear preaching every Sunday on meeting
days. In 1835, the church split on missions. The anti-missionarys
left, my father among the number. A few years after the was this church
was abandoned as the members had nearly all died or moved away. In 1874,
two of the trustees, Messrs. Hezikah Rogers and Wm. Robinson, with a few
other members, my brother, J. C. Whitaker, among them, united and organized
a Missionary Baptist church. They grew and prospered slowly. In 1883, the
members concluded the church was not in the right place and sold the house
and land to the "brothers in black," for an African Methodist church (Old
Gum Hill?), and built a new "Harmony" one and a half miles north on the
public road, near Messrs. J. N. Wood, Thos. Lundy, Dr. Allen and others.
The first Sunday in this month was the day appointed to dedicate the new
church, and Dr. Battle of Macon, invited to preach the sermon.
He could not make it convenient and declined to come. Rev. A. J. Beck, of Milledgeville, was then invited. As he had been absent a Sunday or two from his church, and expected to attend the Baptist convention in Baltimore, he also declined. Hence the duty of dedicating the church was performed by the pastor, Rev. Jas. M. Hall, a man fully competent to the task. S. E. Whitaker May 10, 1884." Union and Recorder 5/13/1884 pg 1
**The congregation held its first services
in a school house until 1884 when the 1st bldg was erected. This was used
until 1915 when the present white frame building was built.
Eileen Babb McAdams copyright 2004