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Near Union in Boone County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Big Bone Methodist Church

 

—Historic Feature in Boone County, Kentucky —

 
Big Bone Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
1. Big Bone Methodist Church Marker
close up of text on marker in front of Church
Inscription. Big Bone Methodist Church Big Bone Methodist Church was constructed in 1888 The original congregation, which was organized in 1887 and led by Reverend George Froh, helped in the construction. As was the custom, a social order lodge shared the expense of the construction and upkeep and occupied the upper floor, accessed by a separate stairway.

(picture, Big Bone Church in 1930)

The foundation of the church was made from limestone rock, mostly carried up from Big Bone Creek. What makes the church unique is its simplistic nature that manages to incorporate vernacular Gothic Revival and Queen Anne features into the design. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places primarily due to its architectural significance.

Big Bone Methodist Church is one of the few two- story churches left standing in Kentucky from that era. Services were held here until the mid- 1980’s, when the congregation disbanded to other area churches. To preserve the church’s historical significance, it was acquired by the state in 2003 as an addition to Big Bone Lick State Park.
 
Location. 38° 53.324′ N, 84° 45.081′ W. Marker is near Union, Kentucky, in Boone County. Marker is on Beaver Road (Kentucky Route 338), on the left
Big Bone Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
2. Big Bone Methodist Church
marker is visible in front
when traveling west. Click for map. church and markers are on the south side of St Rt 338, just west of the entrance to Big Bone Lick State Park, about two miles west of US 127. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3435 Beaver Rd, Union KY 41091, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Ingles (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Bone Lick (about 400 feet away); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Big Bone Lick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mary Draper Ingles (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Elwood Mead (approx. 5.4 miles away in Indiana); Piatt's Landing & (approx. 6.1 miles away); Rabbit Hash (approx. 6.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Union.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Big Bone Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
3. Big Bone Methodist Church
architectural detail
Big Bone Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
4. Big Bone Methodist Church
typical window, a hardcore architectural purist would call this an "architectural lie", the shape of church windows with the pointed top arch, are a feature of masonry work; NOT frame construction. However, this is what most of us expect in a church window. These are classic.
Big Bone Methodist Church 2nd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
5. Big Bone Methodist Church 2nd Marker
plaque on site
Big Bone Lick image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
6. Big Bone Lick
Big Bone Lick State Park picnic area as seen from the Church
Big Bone Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, October 14, 2014
7. Big Bone Methodist Church
a "necessary" part of an historic Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 263 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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