Shiloh Missionary Baptist

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine, Florida
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine, Florida

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church is not far from the historical sites of St. Augustine, Florida.  The church was established in 1929 and the marker in front of the church partially reads – “This spiritual and civic citadel was established in 1929 with Rev. R.H. Whittaker as spiritual leader, and Chairman of the Board of Deacons, D.P. Mims. This church, the gateway to New Augustine, experienced phenomenal growth under the
inspired leadership of Rev. J.A. Wright, beginning in 1955 — becoming a spiritual beacon of New Augustine and emerging leader and light of civic pride in The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.”

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St. Ambrose Catholic

St. Ambrose Catholic Church and Cemetery, Elkton, Florida
St. Ambrose Catholic Church and Cemetery, Elkton, Florida

Saint Ambrose Catholic Church is located west of St. Augustine before you arrive at Palatka, Florida, near the town of Elkton.  The Parish was established in 1875 to reach the small farming communities in this part of Florida.  Mass was originally held in a barn and then a small wood frame church was used until the current church was built in 1907.  On the property, the original French priest used his carpenter skills to also build a rectory, school, and convent.  The school was used from 1881 until 1948 to teach the early Spanish, Irish, Greek and Italian settlers’ children.  A good number of these early settlers are buried in the cemetery also on the property.

 

Hastings Churches

Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Hastings, Florida
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Hastings, Florida

There are a few small churches within a couple of blocks of each other in Hastings, Florida.  Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist was founded a few miles away in Federal Point, Florida some time in the 1880s.  A fire destroyed the first church in 1908.  Later (1923) it was decided to move to Hastings and the church was taken apart and the lumber hauled by mule carts to the current location where it was reconstructed.

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The other two nearby churches are Gethsemane Missionary Baptist and Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal.  Gethsemane was founded in 1906.

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Hastings, Florida
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, Hastings, Florida

Mt. Zion A.M.E. was first built in 1914, but the current building dates from 1964.

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Hastings, Florida
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Hastings, Florida

Moultrie Church

St. Mary's By the Sea Catholic Church, Moultrie, Florida
St. Mary’s By the Sea Catholic Church, Moultrie, Florida

Moultrie Church (also known as St. Mary’s By the Sea) in St. Johns County, Florida is now part of the Polish National Catholic Church which has a friendly, but not direct relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.  The church building dates to 1877 and was originally Southern Methodist.  It’s passed through a variety of groups over the years.  Behind the church is an even older cemetery with over 300 graves.  The church is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Melrose United Methodist

Melrose United Methodist Church, Melrose, Florida (Putnam County)
Melrose United Methodist Church, Melrose, Florida (Putnam County)

This week, Melrose United Methodist Church is celebrating its 150th year.  Originally, the church in Melrose, Florida was organized as Melrose Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1868.  The building shown here was built later in 1879 and the bell in the tower is still used each Sunday, despite having been added before the 20th century.

LaGrange Church

LaGrange Community Church, Titusville, Florida
LaGrange Community Church, Titusville, Florida

In Titusville, Florida, LaGrange Community Church was established in 1869.  This Gothic Revival church is the oldest Protestant Florida church between St. Augustine and Key West on the east coast of the state.  It was built in 1872 with two stories, the top floor used as a public meeting site and schoolhouse.  That second floor was later removed in 1893  when a separate school was built nearby, and a bay window was added to the front facade along with some other modifications.  The architecture has remained essentially unchanged since then.  It originally served a mix of Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists. Today it’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.