Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist

Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Mt. Dora, Florida (Lake County)
Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Mt. Dora, Florida (Lake County)

Partially hidden behind a convenience store in Mount Dora, Florida, this old church seems to be fading fast.  Founded originally (1896) by African-American homesteaders from further north in Florida and Georgia, the church was rebuilt in 1926.  Later, as a result of highway construction, the building was moved to its present location.

I read that it’s included on the National Register of Historic Places, but I haven’t been able to confirm the listing yet.  There were photographs online taken about a year or so before my visit and it seemed in much better shape.  From what I’ve read, there are only a handful of aging members of the church,  and unfortunately it looks like the church is now frequented more by vagrants than the remaining members.

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