Windsor Church

Old Church, Windsor, Florida, Alachua County

I passed this church while driving through Windsor, Florida.  It sits on private land and is no longer used for services.

 

 

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Madison First Baptist

First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida
First Baptist Church, Madison, Florida

First Baptist Church in Madison, Florida was built in 1898.  It’s an octagonal church with much of the interior built out of pine.  The Queen Ann style is rare in Florida and stands out from the mostly rectangular styles of other Baptist churches.  The building was moved to the current location in 1956 and concrete steps and pilings were added, but the building itself is original from the 19th century.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Christ Episcopal

Christ Episcopal Church, Longwood, Florida (Seminole County)
Christ Episcopal Church, Longwood, Florida (Seminole County)

Longwood, Florida was developed in the first half of the 19th century as settlers started moving to Florida in larger numbers. By the time Christ Episcopal Church was built in 1880, there were five churches and three hotels in the town.  The church is one of the oldest buildings in the Longwood Historic District, which was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Church of the Holy Comforter

Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)
Church of the Holy Comforter, Crescent City, Florida (Putnam County)

With the increase of winter visitors to Florida in the late 1800s, the Crescent City, Florida area decided they needed a church.  So the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter was built and services first held in early 1878.  The design is considered Carpenter Gothic, developed by Richard Upjohn, a British born architect who also lived in New York.  This architectural style was modeled on the Gothic architecture of the Anglican churches and allowed skilled local carpenters to help poorer or more rural parishes to design affordable, but attractive places to worship.  Many of these Carpenter Gothic churches in Florida were built along the St. Johns River, which was a major travel route for early travelers.