During one of my trips to the Port Gibson, Mississippi area to visit the Windsor Ruins and Rodney, Mississippi I had the chance to stop at the old Bayou Pierre Presbyterian Church.
Bayou Pierre Presbyterian Church.
In 1801 Presbyterian missionaries Joseph Bullen and James Smylie arrived in Bayou Pierre and established a preaching station. By 1807 Reverends Bullen and Smylie organized the Bayou Pierre Church at the preaching station. But in 1824 part of the congregation formed the Bethel Church a few miles southwest of the current church. The rest of the members moved to Port Gibson, just three miles away from this site. After the church moved to Port Gibson, it was renamed First Presbyterian Church of Port Gibson in 1828.
During the Battle of Port Gibson the 20th Alabama Infantry was posted Bayou Pierre church location and they were setup to secure the right flank of Confederate Brigadier General Edward D. Tracy’s Brigade.
The current building is a rough reconstruction of the original log building on this site. I’m not sure when this building was built, but it looks old or at least it was made to look old.
About the Images
Below are a few images taken during my stop at the church. All images were shot with an old Nikon D5000 and Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR during a sunny day but in the dappled light of the surrounding trees. The images were edited in Adobe Lightroom. Next, I post processed with Topaz Clarity and Google Nik Collection to add texture, brighten, and bring out the details in the images.