Old church at Ypsilanti.

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ai savery on June 5, 2008

Another fine rendering of local history, Mary Alice. The church seems forgotten, but not the grounds, so much - someone must be keeping the grass short - ? Again, too bad it is falling into disrepair - but maybe it is still in use? Such beautiful old simple architecture. Are those the original footings? Nice posting! Greetings, alicia

MaryAlice on June 5, 2008

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your wonderful visits to all of my new photos, Alicia! You're usually the first to stop by, and it's so sweet! :)

I'm pretty sure that this little church is still very much in use! Isn't it charming? It is sitting way up on a hill, but you can't tell in this shot because I was around in the back.

Yes, I think those are the original footings! All large stones. There were also lots of honey bee nests on the corners of both sides of the church! :) How delightful!

Thank you for your continued interest in all of my findings. You're the best!

Warm regards to you,

Mary Alice

Madidi on June 6, 2008

Another beauty Mary Alice, but what a name, where does that come from :-)


ai savery on June 6, 2008

Mary Alice, you are most welcome :D. I hope you know I am sincere in my interest in your findings and photos of them. Your photography expresses very simply and honestly the history of these wonderful old buildings in not only your composition but your artistic touches with monochrome or limited palette. Or full-on color! Your love of your hometown shows through in your images, and you are blessed with a natural curiousity of your surroundings - beyond most people's. I will always keep an eye on your findings. And will truly be the first to buy that book ;0!

ps - I'm glad to hear about the honey bees - we need to encourage them as here in the NW we hear reports that their populations are dwindling.

My best to you, alicia

MaryAlice on June 7, 2008

Alicia, I don't know when anyone has left me a nicer or more genuine note! Thank you so much for all that you said. It means so much to me. I'm truly touched that you see so much in my photography. I always hope that somehow I express what aI see and feel with these shots, but I never really know. Your encouraging words certainly do make me feel good. I can't thank you enough.

Most sincerely,

Mary Alice

P.S. Yes, there were nests and honey bees swarming everywhere! I have also heard that their population is dwindling, but it doesn't appear to be so around these parts. Incidentally, did you see "The Bee Movie?" It talked a lot about this very thing. and how we need to look out for the honeybees and protect them as much as we can. :) Honey bees are our friends!

Happy Saturday to you, Alicia! :)

ai savery on June 7, 2008

And a glorious Saturday to you too, Mary Alice! I will look for that movie, I haven't seen it.

I know what you mean by never really knowing about expressions. I also get frustrated with misinterpretation in the written word, so I worry about how things come across. I'm glad I didn't scare you away with my comment in the sunrise photo and I certainly didn't intend offense - it was a simple observation but again - just the written word...

It truly is glorious here - raining and so lush with green. Sometimes I get tired of it, but today it seems beautiful (maybe being Saturday helps ;)). Thank you for your response. Warmest regards always, alicia

ai savery on June 7, 2008

ps - I'm afraid I 'overrode' Sean's comment above, many apologies Séan for my little sidetrack ;). -alicia

MaryAlice on June 8, 2008

My inquisitive Sean,

I am very ashamed to say that I don't know where the name YPSILANTI comes from. I only know that there are three other places in the United States with this name as well. One in North Dakota, Michigan, and of course, my home state, Georgia!

I'm sorry that I can't tell you any more information about it. It is a very small area with only a few old homes, barns, and this beautiful little church.

Greetings to you,

Mary Alice

Madidi on June 8, 2008

Hi Mary Alice, nice surprise to see you here,

No great issue on the town name here, I will have a check online to see what posted there: it might work as a username!! what do you think :~)

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday and you have a great week,


Madidi on June 8, 2008

Amazing what you can find on the 'net' Mary Alice!! Apparently the Michigan city was named after Demetrius Ypsilanti, a hero in the Greek war for independence. So I suppose it must hold good for your 'Ypsilanti' too, though I can't for the life of me work out why the name of a hero from that war should turn up in Michigan :-)

Warmest Regards,


MaryAlice on June 8, 2008


You are the bomb! I can't believe you are doing research on Ypsilanti! Look at you! :) That's outstanding! How about that? I didn't know anything about the Greek war for independence. Who would have guessed? I can't figure how that could have anything to do with Michigan, Georgia, or North Dakota though?

Very interesting findings, Sean! Let me know if you come up with anything else.

You're the best!

Mary Alice

Madidi on June 8, 2008

Glad you enjoyed this Mary Alice, seems there is some sort of French Canadian connection in its origins. I'll look further another day.

Off to bed now - work tomorrow.

Take care,


Suzy Krone on October 25, 2009

I think there's a Ypsilanti Michigan as well. Tomorrow I'm going to take pictures of the old building on Jekyll. I hope the turn out well. I also want to go to Cumberland Isl, have you been there?

MaryAlice on October 28, 2009

I think you are correct, Fuscia! I'm pretty sure that I've read about a Ypsilanti Michigan as well. It's hard to overlook a name like this!

I hope you're enjoying your visit to Jekyll, and that you get to explore Cumberland Island as well. I have been to Jekyll, but never Cumberland. I will be jealous if you get to go. ( not really, but I sure do wish that I was there too!)

Get some good shots! I can't wait to see them.

Thanks for stopping over.

Best wishes,


K Michael on May 13, 2015

This Old Church is the Collingsworth Methodist Church, established in 1830 on Pobiddy Road in Talbot County Georgia. The oldest grave dates back to the 1700's. The last I checked it was Pastored by Rev. Jim Emory with services being held on the 1rst, 3rd and 5th Sundays. I have been in love with this part of the country since I was in my 20's...I'm 62 now. Some life long members of the community are buried there like the Smith's, Lumsden's and others. I too took several photo's of the church and it's old foundation...a truly beautiful place especially in the fall when the leaves have turned. Sorry...but in 40 plus years I have never heard this place referred to as "Ypsilanti". You can Google Earth it if you wish. It's at the intersection of Popular Crossing Rd and Pobiddy Rd. Great photo Mary Alice...and those honey bees are big ole Georgia Red Wasp and boy do they hurt...K Michael

K Michael on May 13, 2015

I wanted to add that my photos were taken in 2011 and in between Mary Alice's photos and mine the folks have up graded the church adding fresh new paint and a wooden handicap ramp with a stoop roof over the rear door next to the propane tank. The windows are still the same ole antique wavy glass panes...K Michael

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