Abandoned cigar factory in Key West, Florida. (1938) PHOTO: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Thomas C. Fillyaw Gravesite in Ocala National Forest. Voices of the congregation and a woman singing can still be heard today by some. By 1990, stained glass windows had been removed to furnish another church in Lorain County. The 31-year-old from Gainesville, Florida has photographed over 40 decaying churches in six southeastern states. Few know why Slavia was abandoned, but recently visitors have claimed that they have seen glimpses of a transparent boy, wandering throughout the buildings that still remain. One of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, the former Friendship Baptist Church was built in 1886 by former slaves. Funded by local Lutherans, the town and church of Slavia was established. Haunting beauty of abandoned churches and auditoriums across America is captured in stunning photographs. The church closed its doors for good on December 27, 1992 after 90 years of serving the community. Abandoned churches are particularly striking for Gomez. Built in 1886, this church was deserted by 1917. Photographer Lucas Mackin, 25, travels across America from his home in … The Compound, also known as Street Patterns or The Grid, is an ABANDONED area in southwestern Palm Bay, Florida. The abundance of abandoned asylums and psychiatric hospitals in the New England area create the bulk of the locations here; these beautiful state funded structures are vast and complex, giving insight to both the humanity and mistreatment towards the mentally ill over the past two centuries. A graveyard, remnants of the Baptist church, Methodist church, one original house and part of the schoolhouse still remain. Nativity has now sat abandoned for almost 27 years, and has mostly been torn apart over just the last year by vandals. Category: Abandoned Florida, Old and Abandoned CemeteriesTags: Abandoned Florida, Alachua County, Caraway Cemetery, Cemeteries, Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. Folks nearby have reported hearing sounds that suggest the building isn't completely abandoned, though. In 1933, the first town burial took place for eleven year old John Mikler. Haunting scenes of abandoned churches where the congregations have vanished and the elements are taking a harsh toll on once-magnificent structures. For early American settlers, a church represented commitment to the land they'd chosen.