Sardis Baptist Church, Cemetery, and School

Sardis Baptist Church, Cemetery, and School (HM1A06)

Location: Union Springs, AL 36089 Bullock County
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N 32° 5.334', W 85° 45.76'

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Settlers from the Edgefield District, South Carolina, organized the Sardis Baptist Church on June 10, 1837. The first building, a log cabin, was constructed in 1841 after John M. and his wife Amy Youngblood Dozier deeded four and one-half acres to the church for a building and cemetery. The present building, constructed in the 1850s, is an exceptionally fine example of rural antebellum church architecture of Greek Revival style. Relatively unaltered since construction, its four columns support a full entablature and low-pitched roof. Each of the two primary entrances has double-paneled doors trimmed with unadorned molding, and each side of the building has four tall, shuttered, 18-light windows. The building was repaired in 1940-41 and 1992-93. As membership declined, Sunday afternoon services were conducted by visiting Methodist ministers from Union Springs. The church became inactive in the early 1950s, but was the setting for a wedding in 1993. Added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1992, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
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In the cemetery, the oldest tombstone bears the name of Moses E. Martin, died May 18, 1848. Part of the cemetery nearest the church served the Negro community during the early years. As the need arose for more space, William Andrew Martin and his wife Nancy Strom Martin, who had bought the adjoining land from the Doziers in 1860, allowed the church to extend the cemetery southward onto their property.

Sardis School, a community school, was located on the church property across the highway from the church on the corner of Highway 223 and County Road 22. Newspaper articles indicate the school was operating in 1861 and 1870. The old Sardis School building was subsequently moved east on County Road 22, where it became, as it remains today, the living room of the Livingston Paulk home.

In 1867, the Buena Vista Masonic Lodge #169 was located just north of the church property.
HM NumberHM1A06
Year Placed2002
Placed ByBullock County Historical Society, Alabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 616763 N 3550959
Decimal Degrees32.08890000, -85.76266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.334', W 85° 45.76'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 20.04" N, 85° 45' 45.60" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301 Co Rd 22, Union Springs AL 36089, US
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