The Rocky Springs Methodist Church in Rocky Springs, Mississippi is the only building still standing in the ghost town. The church is currently owned and maintained by the Friends of Rocky Springs Church Inc.
History of Rocky Springs Methodist Church
Rocky Springs Methodist Church got its start in the late 1700s in the homes of people living in the area. Then in 1837 the church was built and continued to service the area until June 27th, 2010. Since the area wasn’t all that populated, they decided to close the church and move ownership to the non-profit organization, Friends of Rocky Springs Church Inc. The owners are a non-domination organization that hold services, weddings, and special events with proceeds going to the care of the old church.
Per Preservation in Mississippi, the church is considered one of the most intact antebellum churches in Mississippi. The only changes were made to add electricity to the building and the removal of the belfry in 1901 for safety reasons.
In addition to the church you will find an old cemetery out back that have very old grave markers, a few more modern ones, and a few that have been damaged over the years. A few of the sites are about to be lost to erosion.
If anyone has vintage photos of the church and/or congregation I would love to add those images here. Please contact me if you have images or stories of the old town/church you would like to add to the article.
About the Images
Below are a few images taken during my hike at the Rocky Springs trail and 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 woods. 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.