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National Trust for Historic Preservation HRCGA Article

If you find yourself driving in Georgia and come across an overgrown dirt road, take it—you never know where it might lead. For lifelong friends Sonny Seals and George Hart, a turn down a road in rural Powelton in 2013 inspired them to found a nonprofit dedicated to documenting Georgia’s rural historic churches.

“We’ve been backroads addicts and history lovers for a long time,” says Seals, who met Hart in 1960. What they found on the side of that dirt road was the Powelton Methodist Church. The building Seals and Hart discovered had been dated to 1830, though the hand-hewn support timbers indicate it may have been built earlier. The church looks like most churches in small, rural communities in the South: a five-bay, one-story frame structure painted white, with a small porch at the entryway topped by a square steeple.

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