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Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Original St Philip Catholic Church

Built In 1871

 
 
Original St Philip Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Original St Philip Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. James Woods, a local farmer, sold this property in 1847 to Bishop Miles of Nashville. He purchased the land with $400 in gold donated by the Franklin Female Academy for the purpose of building a church. Thus was begun the St. Philip Catholic Community.

An Italian priest, Father James L. Orengo, a Dominican, arrived in Franklin in 1871 at a time when the Catholic population had grown considerably due to an influx of Irishmen who had come to work on the railroad and settled in the area. Work on the church coincided with Father Orengo’s arrival. All of the work was done by the parishioners themselves. In fact, bricks for the building were formed and fired in the churchyard. Intending to remain here, Father Orengo purchased property adjacent to the church, but his health began failing and he was called back to Italy. The land was sold to the Sheas, a Catholic family in Franklin.

After Father Orengo’s departure, Father Marron oversaw the final stages of work and was assigned by Bishop Freehan of Nashville as the first pastor of St. Philip. The church was dedicated on November 6, 1871 with a High Mass celebrated by the Bishop.
 
Location. 35° 55.548′ N, 86° 52.032′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on East
Original St Philip Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Original St Philip Catholic Church Marker
Main Street east of 2nd Avenue S, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin TN 37064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John H. Eaton (here, next to this marker); St. Philip Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); Masonic Temple (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Factory Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Ewen Cameron (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin Cotton Factory and Foundry / Lillie Mills (about 500 feet away); Lot 60 at the Corner of Cameron & Church Street / "Bucket of Blood" Neighborhood (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Franklin.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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