c. 1832 Church – Lorman, MS

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Posted November 2017. This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 11/1/17   -   Last OHD Update: 10/16/18   -   32 Comments
Muddy Bayou, Lorman, MS 39096







Here is your chance to own the Historical Old Rodney Presbyterian Church located in the once thriving Town of Rodney. This unique property is on the National Register of Historic Properties, and holds a unique connection to Civil War History. The church is a brick edifice, Late Federal Architectural Structure, circa 1832. It is a two-story gable-roof, brick structure with stepped gable ends and an interior-end bell tower. The bell in the bell tower was known to have been cast with 1,000 silver dollars that were donated by church members. The significant story is that officers from the USS Rattler decided to attend services one Sunday and a Confederate cavalry began arresting them. Shooting started and the USS Rattler returned fire striking the Church. The front facade of the church displays a cannon ball above the upper middle window. Though not the original cannonball that hit in 1863, it is an authentic ball for the period, placed during restoration.
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32 Comments on c. 1832 Church – Lorman, MS

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  1. Betty Sheidler says: 8 comments

    Wow! I was not expecting the inside to be so beautiful!

    • Eric UnhingedEric Unhinged says: 380 comments

      I was not expecting the interior to be stripped of historic plaster, making it look like a “loft” apartment or 70’s-era bar. At least the woodwork has survived – and it is quite beautiful woodwork, too!

  2. Cheryl kay says: 23 comments

    Any info when it was last used as a church (or anything?)

  3. Bethany says: 2398 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    I don’t know how much of a market there is for wedding venues in this small town, but it would make a gorgeous one if it’s not going to be used as a church anymore.

  4. John K Robinson says: 18 comments

    The delicate windows and trim blew me away! I worked in a 1798 church that was a historic site and an event venue, and I think, if there is enough of a market, this place — with its storied past — could have a new life. Let us hope so. It’s beautiful.

  5. Frank D. Myers says: 62 comments

    The church building is located in a “ghost” town — in other words, the community it once served has vanished. And it hasn’t been used as a church for many years. It’s currently in the hands of an organization that doesn’t wish to maintain it and there are others working to form a non-profit to acquire it. It is in serious need of rescue and I hope someone can pull it off.

  6. JaneWhiskey says: 1 comments

    Stunning. Turn it and a surrounding property in to a destination bespoke wedding venue and away we go.

  7. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1735 comments

    The interior was a bit of a pleasant surprise to me – clean lines & quite elegant.

  8. Joseph Griffin says: 24 comments

    An amazing building in a mysterious location. Jefferson County has fewer than 10,000 residents and is one of the poorer areas in the US. According to Wikipedia, the ghost town of Rodney was first damaged by a change in the course of the Mississippi River and then later by agricultural mechanization. The area around the church strikes me as a good candidate for the founding of a twenty-first century utopian community.

  9. housefroghousefrog says: 43 comments
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    Really like this church, it is only about an hour from Vicksburg, which has many interesting sites and the Tomato Place http://www.thetomatoplace.com/ which is divine. Thanks Kelly and thanks Eric Unhinged for the additional photos.

  10. More says: 59 comments

    I’ve been to this fine church many times. It is quite lovely, but it is in an extremely remote location. There were at least two other beautiful churches also a located there. I know that one has been moved away, but I don’t know about the others. Our past seems to be an increasingly fragile thing that I find very worrisome.

    • Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 758 comments

      I agree, More, I too am worried about the disregard for history. We need the reference of the past.

    • Frank D. Myers says: 62 comments

      The wood-frame Baptist church still is there, too, although not in good condition. There are many people out there interested in the preservation of both, so wish them well.

  11. Jenny Wiebler says: 150 comments

    Wow! This place really fires up my imagination. I love it. What a great find, Kelly. Thanks, Eric Unhinged, for the link to more photos. The picture of the baby grave made me a little teary. I hope someone will come to the rescue for this property — its history and presence are truly wonderful.

  12. Laurie W. says: 1499 comments

    Haunting place & very pretty with its warm-colored handmade bricks. It does appear isolated; doubt it would draw much wedding use. Unless somebody wanted to use it as a getaway house, I see little future for it, which is an absolute tragedy. The inside is beautiful — windows, pulpit, and pews have the spare grace of Federal style at its best. And it’s full of history.

  13. Jen says: 74 comments

    I believe this old church is located not too far from Port Gibson and The Winsor Ruins-shown in one of the frames in Giant (I think that was the movie) Beautiful Pillars and a bit of iron is all that’s left after a fire in the late 1800’s. I want this church but I know my husband wont buy it for me… 🙂

  14. Jen says: 74 comments

    Oh my!!! I just looked at the pic’s ‘unhinged’ mentioned. I really want the church now. I love the pews; but the cemetery sold me although the ‘baby’ is very sad. Only time I ever want riches is looking at some of the places Kelly posts. wawawa

  15. Dr. O says: 42 comments

    This is one of the most famous buildings in Mississippi. Countless well-wishers have wrung their hands over “what’s to become of it?” I am stunned to see it listed for sale. May God protect poor Rodney.

  16. GoddessOdd says: 344 comments

    I thought the interior was absolutely breathtaking… and what a wonderful, lightfilled home it would make. I don’t know about the interior fittings, which all look quite modern to me, but the windows, the brick, even the fence and the remote setting make this a little bit of heaven for me. I wonder what sort of utilities are in place… does it have a septic tank? A well?

  17. RosewaterRosewater says: 4081 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    Famous Rodney Mississippi. The mind will run wild with possibilities. Here’s a pertainant article from Preservation in MS;

    Very atmospheric shot of the Baptist church down the way – as above, so below:

  18. V says: 41 comments

    Being from Atlanta where commuting to work is regularly over an hour, this is a better commute to Vicksburg or Natchez. I don’t see this as a realistic venue for special events as there are closers venues in both major cities. This could be a beautiful home if done well. Balancing the historic with the residential is the key. I would not be surprised to find one hundred thousand churches in America in danger. I would rather see these turned into homes that respect their history, rather than a collapsed ruin.

  19. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 730 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Anything to do with the civil war entices me – I’ll take it!
    A little bit more on Rodney/Lorman area:

  20. John ShifletJohn Shiflet says: 4467 comments

    The sense of history in this place is palpable but how to preserve this rare Antebellum Federal style Church seems elusive. What this old Church needs is a long term custodian-caretaker. Ideally, the next owner would either build a house nearby that would be unobtrusive, or bring in a rescued home of similar age and place it next to the Church in a way that would make it look like it had always been there. The owner should maintain the Chruch in its present state and make sure it does not deteriorate under his or her care. Possible sources of income might be renting it out for special occasions; (wedding chapel?) or providing guided tours with a historical narrative that would share the stories of the past. The property would probably not be a big money maker but the biggest reward comes from the satisfaction of saving a piece of local history for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

  21. LottieLottie says: 406 comments

    This is really a beautiful church! The new owner could rent it out for movie settings, or for an advertisement. I would rather it stay a church, too, but I don’t want to see it crumble.

  22. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9425 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Dropped to $74,500!

  23. dmobeck says: 47 comments

    Unfortunately, most of the town has been demolished or is in ruin as it has been abandoned for many years. The area floods frequently. While many want to preserve what’s left of Rodney, I fear it’s too late for many of the buildings.

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