First Universalist Church of Camp Hill

First Universalist Church of Camp Hill (HM1QOT)

Location: Camp Hill, AL 36850 Tallapoosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 48.249', W 85° 39.127'

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The First Universalist Church of Camp Hill was the largest Universalist church in the southeastern United States in the first half of the 20th century. With roots in the European Enlightenment, Universalism was transplanted to the American colonies by religious sojourners and was flourishing in this country by the time of the Revolutionary War. A Christian denomination, the defining tenet of Universalism was "universal" salvation, the belief that a gentle God would not condemn any soul to a literal hell. The Universalist Church of America merged with the Unitarian Association in 1961, forming the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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The First Universalist Church of Camp Hill was established in 1846, as Liberty Universalist Church. The name was changed in 1909. The original meeting pace was a brush arbor on the present site of Mt. Lovely Baptist Church. A simple cabin soon replaced the arbor and served until 1884, when a larger wood-framed church was built on this site. Membership burgeoned, and the striking brick sanctuary was completed in 1907. Designed by Daniel A. Helmich, a Birmingham architect, the church was built with local labor using mostly indigenous material.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 626195 N 3630379
Decimal Degrees32.80415000, -85.65211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 48.249', W 85° 39.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 48' 14.94" N, 85° 39' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)256, 334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21670-21702 AL-50, Camp Hill AL 36850, US
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