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McConnelsville in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First McConnelsville Christmas Tree

 
 
First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
1. First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker
Inscription. This former Universalist Church, which held a strong conviction for education and the pursuit of knowledge, was built in 1852 at a cost of $3,500. In 1865, its members decorated the first Christmas tree to be placed in a church in McConnelsville. Two years later they installed a pipe organ at a cost of $1,000, the first such organ in the community. The first Sunday School Library was also added, allowing members to borrow books and return them a week later. A number of prominent local families attended the church, including the Manly, Whitiker, Beckett, Arrick, and Murray families from the 1850s through the early twentieth century. Richard Bilbe, a former slave who had been freed, served as an early trustee of the church and attended with his family. The church was restored and reopened as a non-denominational church in 1997.
 
Erected 2003 by Finley Fire Equipment Company and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-58.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.058′ N, 81° 51.19′ W. Marker is in McConnelsville, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Kennebec Avenue (Ohio
First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
2. First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker
Looking south along Kennebec Street toward courthouse (white steepled building).
Route 276) and Jefferson Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Kennebec Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 N. Kennebec Avenue, McConnelsville OH 43756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frances Dana Gage / Mount Airy Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan County (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (about 800 feet away); First Presbyterian Church (about 800 feet away); Evelyn True Button House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Carlos M. Riecker Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department 50th Anniversary (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in McConnelsville.
 
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First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
3. First McConnelsville Christmas Tree Marker
Mt. Airy Marker can be seen behind Christmas Tree marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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