First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church (HM1GEF)

Location: Collierville, TN 38017 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 2.636', W 89° 40.006'

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By August 1836, before Jesse Collier and Horace Barbee had advertised "Collier Town for Sale" in the Memphis Enquirer, the Baptists had located in the Collierville area. Shiloh Church was established on the north side of State Line Road (Hwy 57) one-eighth mile into Fayette County. By 1857, the church had moved to the village of Collierville and was destroyed during the Civil War. This land was purchased in 1872, at the corner of Walnut and College Streets across from Bellevue Female College for $225.

The church at this site burned in 1909 and again in 1944 and would be rebuilt each time. Additional land was purchased through the years, and in 1978 a thousand-seat sanctuary was built at a cost of $713,236. This property was the home of Collierville First Baptist Church for a hundred and ten years until their move to Byhalia Road in 1995. In 1993, the property was sold to the Town of Collierville and used briefly as government offices. In August 2005, the town removed the church buildings and this park was established. In May 2009, the park was named "Tom Brooks Park" in honor of his contributions to the Collierville community.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByTown of Collierville
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 6:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 256753 N 3881166
Decimal Degrees35.04393333, -89.66676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 2.636', W 89° 40.006'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 2' 38.16" N, 89° 40' 0.36" W
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Area Code(s)901, 662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 151 Walnut St, Collierville TN 38017, US
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