Saturday, January 5, 2008
Historic Bellview Church - Owens Community
This is the historic Bellview Methodist Church in the Owens Community of eastern Jackson County. The church has not been used for services in many years and is slowly deterioriating, but it has been a landmark of the area for decades.
Located on River Road near Parramore about fifteen miles north of Sneads, the Bellview Church is unique because it was the only Methodist congregation within miles of its location. During the first decades of the 20th century, this was a commercially active area of large farms, turpentine operations and sawmills. Less than 2 miles from the church was the Parramore crossroads, an important commercial center during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also nearby were several important riverboat landings on the Chattahoochee River.
Adjacent to the church is the historic Owens-Bellview Cemetery. Although the oldest graves here are not marked, several dating from the 19th century can still be seen.