Early Religious Life

Early Religious Life (HMWBB)

Location: Madison, GA 30650 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 35.6', W 83° 28.35'

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The earliest religious gatherings were held in private homes, schools, or public buildings until the individual congregations organized and constructed structures. Congregations formed quickly: the Methodists in 1807, the Presbyterians in 1821, and the Baptists in 1834. In 1824, three one-acre lots were set aside for each of these congregations to build churches.

Replacing a frame chapel (1808, site unknown), Methodists used one of the original lots to erect this brick edifice (1844). In 1838, Baptists built their meetinghouse near the town spring; in 1859, they moved to S. Main Street. The Presbyterians built on S. Main Street (1842). Episcopalians organized in 1846 and built a chapel near the W. Central Avenue gate (razed 1939 and added to Old Cemetery).

Churches were centers for religious and social life, often hosting orations of the Morgan County Temperance Society, Martinean Society, and Masonic celebrations. By 1850, both the Baptist and Methodist congregations would also pioneer and fund advanced education institutions for women.
Year Placed2011
Placed ByCity of Madison, Madison BiCentennial Commission 1809-2009
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 270559 N 3719807
Decimal Degrees33.59333333, -83.47250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 35.6', W 83° 28.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 35' 36.00" N, 83° 28' 21.00" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 357 Academy St, Madison GA 30650, US
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