Head of Tennessee Baptist Church

On my way to the Smoky Mountains in March of 2011, I stopped in the small town of Dillard, Georgia. I stayed the night at a wonderful place called The Dillard House. They have a fantastic restaurant and outstanding accommodations. The plan was to get up early the next morning and visit a few different sites that I wanted to photograph in the area before continuing on. One of the places I went to on this same day was Toccoa Falls which is featured in this blog post – The Falls Behind The Trees.

Now while planning a trip beforehand is a great thing to do, sometimes it’s the unknown gems that you find on your journey that really catch your eye. (Like this other church I discovered later in the day which was in this blog post – Lufty Baptist Church.)

Upon my arrival the night before, I spotted this church located just up the street from where I was staying. As someone who has a fascination with older architectural styles, I knew I had to shoot it. The sky was beautiful that morning with lots of clouds and a rich blue color. The front of the church faces due east, so the lighting was perfect. The bell tower with the stainless steel top, the brickwork, and the double arched doorways were just a few of the elements that attracted me to it. On the south side is the cemetery with a beautiful and peaceful mountain view.

Construction of this building was completed in 1932. The opening service was held on August 21st. To read more about this church and it’s history, click here to visit their website.

Also if you would like more history on this area, you can click here to see early photos of the church, The Dillard House, and other historical buildings.

To enjoy a larger view, please click on the images below!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I encourage you to join the conversation by writing your thoughts below as I truly like to hear from all of my visitors! 🙂


30 thoughts on “Head of Tennessee Baptist Church

  1. Is it really weird and macabre to say I love cemetery photography? (Or that the last coffee table book I read was one all about Canadian historic cemeteries?) Love that second shot! Great post, Michael 🙂


    • Hi Anne, I don’t think it’s weird at all. There is usually historical significance associated with lots of them. I actually had hold-backs on posting it, but I thought it conveyed such a beautiful scene that I had to include it. I’m glad you liked it and I appreciate your great comments!


  2. Oh, wow–look at that sky! And I agree with the comments above about the beauty of a cemetery… they made me sad (and maybe a little scared) when I was a child, then as an adult I started to realize that the stones were placed because people wished to place a tribute to someone they loved. Beautiful photograph!


  3. I am an avid amateur genealogist who is unable to get out much anymore due to an accident. I love seeing photos of cemeteries my family members are buried in. Head of Tennessee in Rabun has several of my Coffee members. Your pictures truly bring life to it in ways I have not seen in others. Thank you. If you ever decide to publish a cemetery collection or notecards with a different cemetery on each for those of us who still send thank you notes and notes of appreciation to those who take time to look obscurity up for us, count me in to purchase. Your work is breath taking and that is a true compliment because I am usually the ‘hmmm nice picture’ type. 🙂 Keep up the brilliant work.


    • Hi Kathy,

      Thanks for the wonderful comment! It’s humbling to hear such kind words about my work. I always enjoy learning about the history of a place I have photographed. I like your idea of the note-cards and will definitely keep that in mind. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and hope you visit again.


  4. These are beautiful! My great-grandmother’s family have been members of Head of Tennessee Baptist Church since the church was founded, and we have several ancestors buried in this cemetery. It was such a blessing to find these beautiful photos online, thank you!

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