West Union in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Presbyterian Church
— American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —
The First Presbyterian Church of West Union, built in 1810, is known as the "Church of the Governors." Although the date is uncertain, the congregation was organized circa 1800 on Thomas Kirker's land on Eagle Creek, about three miles from West Union. Kirker, Ohio's second governor, was influential in organizing the congregation and raising funds for the construction of the building. Stonemason, Thomas Metcalfe, Kentucky governor from 1828-1832, was awarded the contract to build the walls for $250.00; the total construction cost was $500.00. The first three regular ministers - William Williamson, Dyer Burgess, and John P. Van Dyke - all held strong anti-slavery sentiment that was felt throughout the congregation. During the Civil War, soldiers of the 70th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, a regiment of recruits from Adams County and eastern Brown County, were said to have been temporarily quartered in the church before leaving West Union in 1861.
Born in Ireland in 1760, Thomas Kirker settled in Adams County in 1794
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Erected 2002 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The First Presbyterian Church, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
Location. 38° 47.609′ N, 83° 32.634′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 South Second Street, West Union OH 45693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Adams County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Corp. Carey Mc. Moore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bradford Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olde Wayside Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lafferty Funeral Collection (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Union.
Regarding First Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. This church is also one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).
The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:
Built in 1810, "The Old Stone Church" is the oldest church
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 3. submitted on August 16, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 15, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.