c. 1832 Church – Lorman, MS – $84,500

For Sale
National Register
Added to OHD on 11/1/17 - Last OHD Update: 12/4/17 - 29 Comments
Muddy Bayou, Lorman, MS 39096
  • $84,500
  • Sqft: 1850
  • Acres: 1.4
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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29 Comments on c. 1832 Church – Lorman, MS – $84,500

    • 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!




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  1. 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.




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  2. 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.




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  3. 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.




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




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  5. 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.




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  6. 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.




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




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    • 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.




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  7. 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.




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  8. 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.




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  9. 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… 🙂




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  10. 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




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  11. 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.




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  12. 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?




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  13. 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.




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  14. 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.




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  15. 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.




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