Woodville Baptist Church

Woodville Baptist Church (tmp-4cd8a)

Location: Fayette, MS 39069 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 39.402', W 91° 8.153'

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First Organized and Still Active Church

On the first Saturday of October 1798, William Thompson, Richard Curtis, Jr. and Joseph Willis met with families on Bayou Sara Creek, four miles southwest of Woodville, and organized a church under the arm of Salem Baptist Church known as the Baptist Church of Buffalo.In 1800 the church assumed its independence from the Salem Church and was called Bethel Baptist Church. During the early 1800's the church was inactive for several years.The brick church building, which was built in 1809, is the oldest church building in Mississippi. After the town of Woodville was organized in 1811, the church building was moved to town. The building was condemned in 1896 so the congregation met elsewhere until major renovations were made in 1914.The church prevailed during the nineteenth century: two church trustees served as Governors of Mississippi —- George Poindexter from 1820-1822 and Abram M. Scott, from 1832-1833. Bethel's pastor from 1823-1826, David Cooper was elected as president of the first Mississippi Baptist State Convention in 1824The Civil War left the church unable to secure a preacher for every service of worship. However, on September 14, 1870, the church overcame persistent obstacles, began regular services again, dropped Bethel from its name, and became known as Woodville Baptist Church.
HM Numbertmp-4cd8a
Placed ByMississippi Baptist Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 5:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 676742 N 3503893
Decimal Degrees31.65670000, -91.13588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 39.402', W 91° 8.153'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 39' 24.12" N, 91° 8' 9.18" W
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Area Code(s)601
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4335 US-61, Fayette MS 39069, US
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