c. 1900 Church – Watkinsville, GA

Added to OHD on 12/18/15   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   18 Comments
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2861 Old Farmington Rd, Watkinsville, GA 30677

  • $84,900
  • 1700 Sq Ft
  • 1.59 Ac.
Charming Circa 1900 Church Building In Excellent Condition. 1700 Sq Feet Of Heated Space With Antique Pews For A Capacity Of 140. Hardwood Floors Have Been Refinished And Recently Painted Throughout. New Central Heat Pump. Deep, Drilled Well On 1.593 Acres. Would Be An Adorable Home Or Art Studio. Priced To Sell!
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Cindy Karp, Cindy Karp Realty,
(706) 461-7253

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18 Comments on c. 1900 Church – Watkinsville, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11836 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    20 minute drive to Athens (UGA)!

  2. JimHJimH says: 5120 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This one is pretty nice and there could be interesting attic space above.

    I don’t know what’s happening with this other church in town, but the house might be in trouble:

  3. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11836 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Howdy neighbor! We live in Forsyth County! 🙂

  4. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Cool, I thought you might live somewhere around me. Are you thinking of checking out the church?
    Oh and that italianate you found in Michigan, stunning. You have a great eye.

  5. Jean Spencer says: 112 comments

    I think the price might be mostly for the land. Oconee County is known for its school system and upscale bedroom community for Athens. Watkinsville has become a tourist destination for antiques and local artists. I think this would make an excellent antique store/gallery/artist’s studio without all the rearranging needed for a residence. I have to disagree that AC is a necessity in Georgia. With the high ceilings and large windows and ceiling fans, it is probably pretty comfortable. I lived in Athens for 30 years and never had central AC or wanted it. I am worried that the church might be demolished if the right buyer isn’t found.

    • JullesJulles says: 534 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Jean, I’m your neighbor in Jackson County and you are a better woman than me because when those temps in our area hits 90 degrees plus which happens a lot in the summer, I have to head for the AC. No amount of air stratification is going to make it less than miserable for me. Ceiling fans are great but sometimes they are just blowing more hot air over your already hot body.

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11836 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    A page I follow on Facebook just posted a pic of this church. link

  7. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This church is ideal for conversion to a house; a simple an wide-open space with large, beautiful, 9/9 windows. As Jim mentioned, the attic space could be interesting. The ceiling could be removed to allow for a dramatic vaulted ceiling (the ceiling might possibly have been lowered at some point). The exterior is delightful and should be preserved basically as-is; too many churches lose not only their visual appeal but also cease to be “contributing” structures in an historic sense when they are made to look like “normal” houses. Such conversions forfeit a primary advantage of utilizing a former church as a home: having an unusual and unique dwelling with an obvious history. The porch, while not original, probably dates to the 1920’s or so and is reasonably sympathetic to the building. Hopefully this structure will find a new owner who will understand and value its innate present character. It could make a wonderful house (or business) without erasing this quality.

  8. jehousejehouse says: 107 comments

    I just want it to stay a church! 🙁

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      It would be ideal if the structure could retain its historic function. However, the reality is that fewer people are attending and/or contributing financially to churches. The best way to keep a church in use is to support it financially and by attending. Since that is not the current reality, the next best thing is to find new uses for these structures without altering their appearance so that they can still be a viable part of the communities they are in. In that way their former role will not be forgotten.

  9. JullesJulles says: 534 comments
    OHD Supporter

    Just because a church has been changed into a home doesn’t mean that God and love still don’t reside there anymore.

  10. oldhousegal says: 10 comments

    I drove out to look at this. Here is what you don’t see: a rather large cemetery that faces this church not 25 yards away directly in front, the church is at an intersection (not busy) but pie shaped lot and while I wish it remain a church, too, it would best be used as a museum or art gallery, welcome center or something of that nature. There are some things within site of this church that diminish the value.

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11836 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      You can see the cemetery in the street view. I’d love a cemetery, means no development any time soon and no noisy neighbors to deal with.

  11. Kev17 says: 30 comments

    Does anyone know what church this used to be? Curious to find out. Small churches in rural areas often have unique histories or connections to the community.

  12. says: 58 comments

    If you have herding dogs, one of the most well-respected trainers’ facility is less than 5 minutes down the road.

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