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Gibson Methodist Episcopal Church - Gibson, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 29° 41.133 W 090° 59.217
15R E 694783 N 3285637
Quick Description: Very small Greek Revival style church building, nestled between 2 larger, newer churches. The whole area is also surrounded by a large cemetery. Very clean and well kept area.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 2/17/2009 7:30:10 PM
Waymark Code: WM5VXY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 1

Long Description:
I passed it twice before I found it. I thought this building was a shed for one of the larger churches that flank this on either side. I walked the cemetery, and the grounds. They were well kept and clean. Parking was easy and the town is a very quiet and folks waved.
I could not find much info about the church. It was used as a hospital, during the American Civil war, according to Historical Marker. The rest of this history was taken from the Register application, located here:
The Methodist Episcopal Church is locally significant in the area of architecture as a landmark in Terrebonne Parish. It is the finer of only two Greek Revival churches remaining in the parish. Despite the relative preponderance of country Greek Revival church’s in the eastern states, very few of them are known to survive in Louisiana. Many parishes have no extant churches from as early as the Greek Revival period, and those which do generally have only one example. In most any parish, the Methodist Episcopal Church would be a worthy historic structure, but it is particularly important for Terrebonne Parish. The parish was created in 1822 and its sugar based economy boomed in the thirty years or so prior to the Civil War. Given its early founding and development, one would expect Terrebonne to retain numerous nineteenth century churches. However, according to the comprehensive historic structures survey, there are only four pre-1900 churches in the parish. All are frame and relatively humble. Of these, the Methodist Episcopal Church in Gibson is the oldest (by 22 years) and one of only two with Greek Revival elements. The other Greek Revival inspired church is somewhat plainer, having no entablature and no end returns, and no articulated pediment shape to the front gable. Built in 1871, its only noteworthy Greek Revival element is the pediment shaped top found on two of the window surrounds.
Street address:
S. Bayou Black Dr
Gibson, LA USA

County / Borough / Parish: Terrebonne

Year listed: 1986

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1825-1849, 1850-1874

Historic function: Funerary, Religion. Sub - Cemetery, Religious Structure

Current function: Funerary, Religion. Sub - Cemetery, Religious Structure

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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