Mechanicsburg in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Second Baptist Church
This site has long served the religious, education, and public interests of the residents of Mechanicsburg. A local Methodist congregation built its first church here in 1820, and the townspeople also used the structure as its village school. The Methodists replaced their original structure in 1837, using brick as the main building material. As the Methodist congregation grew, however, it was determined that a larger, more permanent structure was needed. As a result, the Mechanicsburg First Methodist Church was built here in 1858, and it served the congregation until 1894 when an African American based Second Baptist congregation purchased the building at a cost of $2,850. Besides religion and education, the site was also used as Mechanicsburg's first cemetery. That cemetery lasted until the Maple Grove Cemetery was established and burials at this site were relocated there.
Erected 2005 by Champaign County Preservation Alliance, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 4.352′ N, 83° 33.301′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is on Sandusky Street (Ohio Route 4), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Addison White (within shouting distance of this marker); W.W. I Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Roy Hopkins (about 400 feet away); Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Mechanicsburg Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Maple Grove Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Maple Grove World War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Maple Grove Civil War Memorial (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Methodist Churces of Mechanicsburg
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