First McConnelsville Christmas Tree

First McConnelsville Christmas Tree (HM8OG)

Location: McConnelsville, OH 43756 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 39.058', W 81° 51.19'

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This former Universalist Church, which held a strong conviction for education and the pursuit of knowledge, was built in 1852 at a cost of $3,500. In 1865, its members decorated the first Christmas tree to be placed in a church in McConnelsville. Two years later they installed a pipe organ at a cost of $1,000, the first such organ in the community. The first Sunday School Library was also added, allowing members to borrow books and return them a week later. A number of prominent local families attended the church, including the Manly, Whitiker, Beckett, Arrick, and Murray families from the 1850s through the early twentieth century. Richard Bilbe, a former slave who had been freed, served as an early trustee of the church and attended with his family. The church was restored and reopened as a non-denominational church in 1997.
HM NumberHM8OG
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number13-58
Year Placed2003
Placed ByFinley Fire Equipment Company and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:01am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] R BRENT SPEAR  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 426804 N 4389366
Decimal Degrees39.65096667, -81.85316667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 39.058', W 81° 51.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 39' 3.48" N, 81° 51' 11.40" W
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Area Code(s)740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 280-284 N Kennebec Ave, McConnelsville OH 43756, US
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