Original St Philip Catholic Church

Original St Philip Catholic Church (HM1B24)

Location: Franklin, TN 37064 Williamson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 55.548', W 86° 52.032'

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Built In 1871

James Woods, a local farmer, sold this property in 1847 to Bishop Miles of Nashville. He purchased the land with $400 in gold donated by the Franklin Female Academy for the purpose of building a church. Thus was begun the St. Philip Catholic Community.

An Italian priest, Father James L. Orengo, a Dominican, arrived in Franklin in 1871 at a time when the Catholic population had grown considerably due to an influx of Irishmen who had come to work on the railroad and settled in the area. Work on the church coincided with Father Orengo's arrival. All of the work was done by the parishioners themselves. In fact, bricks for the building were formed and fired in the churchyard. Intending to remain here, Father Orengo purchased property adjacent to the church, but his health began failing and he was called by to Italy. The land was sold to the Sheas, a Catholic family in Franklin.

After Father Orengo's departure, Father Marron oversaw the final stages of work and was assigned by Bishop Freehan of Nashville as the first pastor of St. Philip. The church was dedicated on November 6, 1871 with a High Mass celebrated by the Bishop.
HM NumberHM1B24
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 2:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 511980 N 3975726
Decimal Degrees35.92580000, -86.86720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 55.548', W 86° 52.032'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 55' 32.88" N, 86° 52' 1.92" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 167-199 US-31, Franklin TN 37064, US
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