Needwood Baptist Church
Built after the Civil War in 1866 by former slaves, the Needwood Baptist Church is on the Georgia Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, there is little money to care for this lovely historic building. Next to the church is a one room schoolhouse for the children of former slaves that is equally in need of repair.
This building has so much soul. Every time I pass by, I wish I could do more to preserve it. One small way I honor this lovely church is to mention it in my story.
If you would like to visit the Needwood Babtist Church, drive south from Darian, Georgia. The church is on west side of Rt. 17, about a mile past the entrance to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, another historic site that served as inspiration. I altered it a bit, but it is essentially where Liz, the protagonist of Willing, spends one fateful winter. More about Hofwyl-Broadfield in a later post.
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