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Bethel United Methodist Church


Bethel United Methodist Church Marker, Lake City, FL.

Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 4843 South US Hwy. 441 at County Road 133-B in Lake City, Florida. Known as Old Bethel Church, it was first organized by Alligator area settlers as early as the 1820s.

This marker is located on US 41/441 and sponsored by Bethel United Methodist Church In Cooperation With The Florida Department of State .

The marker reads as follows :

" Old Bethel Church was first organized by Alligator area settlers as early as the 1820s. The original church was a small log structure located some two miles northeast of this site. In 1855, this building was erected to accommodate a growing number of parishioners. One of only a few Antebellum church buildings which have survived in rural Florida, Bethel Church has served its congregation continuously since its mid-19th century founding. The building has been known in the community as "the white church by the side of the road" for over a century."

Latitude, Longitude

30.12593333, -82.62247222

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Bethel United Methodist Church Marker; Bethel United Methodist Church; White Church; Historical marker; Columbia County (Fl.); Lake City (Fl.); Historical markers --- Florida --- Lake City.; Images


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