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Photo by:   Gabe Bennett

A Heritage of 147 Years

A fire brings change

In 1926, the congregation lost its meeting place when fire destroyed the Nacoochee Institute, forcing the school's consolidation with Rabun Gap in 1928. In the months after the fire, the congregation worshipped in an open-sided shed, then moved to a newly renovated dairy barn for the winter of 1927. With much celebration, the present church building was built and dedicated later that year. Though located in the Sautee community, the church kept the Nacoochee name in recognition of its founding site a few miles away.
History of Nacoochee Valley

Modifications through the years

Passing decades saw changes made to the white frame structure. An A-frame roof replaced the original flat design. In 1989, the bell tower was constructed. Today, church ushers still go to the narthex and pull the thick rope that rings the bell, calling members and friends to Sunday services. In 1993, the fellowship hall and kitchen were enlarged. Classrooms, the Session room and pastor's study were added. A Memory Garden behind the church is the site of Easter Sunrise Services, and plaques commemorate the deceased NPC members whose ashes have been scattered during memorial services here.

A goodly portion of God's beauty

The distinctive Palladian stained glass window over the entrance to the church was created by member Gloria Brown, a noted architect, designer and mapmaker who died of cancer in 2006. Gloria chose the bright blue paint for the front doors to complement the colors she used in the window. Bearing the inscription: "Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord, our strength and our redeemer."

Let the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord, our strength and our redeemer.