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Merton in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Baptist Church Of Merton

 
 
First Baptist Church Of Merton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, October 8, 2012
1. First Baptist Church Of Merton Marker
Inscription. This is the former site of the First Baptist Church of Merton founded August 31, 1843 with nine members. This edifice, erected in 1855, is of historic architecture of Greek Revival with Colonial features. It is a selection of the well-known Historical American Buildings Survey.

The bell, hung in 1886, formerly called people to public worship. It is now rung on Memorial day and other special occasions.

When the church moved to its present site at N65, W28217 Hickory Hill Drive, the Village of Merton purchased this building in 2009 for use as a community center.
 
Erected 2012 by Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum. (Marker Number 16-02.)
 
Location. 43° 8.697′ N, 88° 18.408′ W. Marker is in Merton, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Main Street south of Hunington Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6996 Main Street, Merton WI 53056, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martin C. Weber, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Village of Merton (approx. 0.3 miles away); Plainview School No. 4 (approx.
Village of Merton Community Center image. Click for full size.
By Linda Hansen, October 8, 2012
2. Village of Merton Community Center
1.4 miles away); Beaumont Hop House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Town of Lisbon (approx. 3.2 miles away); Sixteen School (approx. 3.2 miles away); Monches (approx. 3.4 miles away); Carl Schurz Forest (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Merton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “First Baptist Church Of Merton” (Submitted on October 25, 2012, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.) 

2. HABS Record - Merton Baptist Church, Merton, Waukesha, WI. The Historical American Buildings Survey record for this building. Includes one photo, several schematics of the church, and two pages of notes. (Submitted on October 25, 2012.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
First Baptist Church Of Merton image. Click for full size.
Historic American Building Survey, circa 1934
3. First Baptist Church Of Merton
This image, of uncertain vintage but prior to the HABS notes of 1934, shows the church before it was substantially modified. Using a more opionated tone than is perhaps usually found in such notes, the HABS survey preparer noted, "...Today the building has lost some of its original identity. The majestic doorway is boarded up. The building has been raised, a Sunday School being placed below it. An off-center entrance has been built. If ever a building has been desecrated, this one has been...".
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 337 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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