Jonesborough Presbyterian Church - Jonesborough, Tn.
Posted by: macleod1
N 36° 18.029 W 082° 27.856
17S E 368527 N 4018271
Quick Description: This beautiful old church is located in downtown Jonesborough on E. Main St.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2008 7:06:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM40Y8
The origin of the Jonesborough Presbyterian Church is the founding of the Hebron Church in 1790 by Rev. Samuel Doak and Hezekiah Balch, and the first real meeting place was a log house built on the property of John McMahon.
The congregation began to grown under the leadership of Rev. Doak's son, John Whitfield Doak, who was hired as minister of the Hebron Church in 1801.
In 1816 the first permanent church building, a two story brick building which housed the Church and Martin Academy, was built on West Main Street, and from the beginning was too small to accommodate the growning needs of the congregation. In 1831 more land was acquired and a larger building erected, and was later replaced by the existing building in its present location.
In 1834 the congregation totaled 96. From 1835-1846 the Rev. John Whitfield Cunningham, brother of Dr. S.B. Cunningham, served as minister, afterward moving to Indiana and Illinois with the ministry.
In April 9, 1840 the name was changed to Jonesborough Presbyterian Church. In 1846 Dr. W. R. Sevier, William K. Blair, and John F. Deaderick formed the construction committee to build the spire for the church. See a vintage postcard of the slave gallery, now the choir loft.
Throughout most of the Civil War the only two acting elders were Seth J.W. Lucky and Dr. Samuel B. Cunningham. In 1868, 51 members (Unionists during the war) organized a separate body and became known as First Presbyterian Church. They later built a new building which now the Central Christian Church.
The two churches were reunited in 1943 in the original building.
Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 01/01/1845
Age of Church building determined by?: Cornerstone or plaque
If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Presbyterian
If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday
Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 11:00 AM
Street address of Church:
128 Main Street
Jonesborough, Tn USA
Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]
If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed
Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: Not listed
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