Mt. Zion Presbyterian Circa 1814
Almost nothing is left of the surrounding community but Mt. Zion was a vibrant and celebrated place of worship and learning in the early 19th century. The original community consisted of the church, a two story school house and various other buildings. Reverend Nathan Beman was the first pastor and teacher. He made Mt. Zion into one of Georgia’s most celebrated institutions. That was long ago. In this view, the dilapidated condition of this old temple is painfully evident. Currently owned by the Hancock County Historical Society, some critical repairs were effected in the first decade of the 21st century, but the money has run out. The roof has been made sound, but much more needs to be done. Perhaps the publicity brought by placing Mt. Zion on the Places in Peril List in 2012 will help bring relief to this worthy landmark.