“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Jerseyville in Jersey County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Union Forest Church

The Union Forest Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 17, 2019
1. The Union Forest Church Marker
Inscription.  The Union Forest Church was built in 1920 about eight miles southwest of Jerseyville. Its creation was a community effort: Leslie Stamps donated 1/2 acre of land, local farmers donated and milled the lumber, the Jerseyville Baptist Church donated the pews, and businessmen donated much-needed money.

Over the next 60 years, the non-denominational church was home to Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, and Pentecostals. As church members moved to other locations or passed away, the congregation dwindled. The church closed in 1988.

In 2010, Gail (Stamps) Rothe and Susan (Stamps) Wynn donated the church to the Historical Society. The roof and top two feet of the walls had to be removed for the journey. The church opened for tours that fall after being rebuilt and furnished with many of its original contents, including the pulpit, prayer rail, attendance board, pews, and bells.

Photo caption, left:

The Union Forest Church shortly after being moved to the grounds of the Historical Society.

Photo caption, right:

Nolie Henson was the driving force behind the creation of the Union
The Union Forest Church image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, November 17, 2019
2. The Union Forest Church
Forest Church, and she and her siblings were among the founding members of the church. Shown here, from left, are Nettie White Gowling, Nolie White Henson, Roy White, and Rosa Jane White Healey.
Erected 2017 by Jersey County Historical Society.
Location. 39° 7.451′ N, 90° 19.73′ W. Marker is in Jerseyville, Illinois, in Jersey County. Marker can be reached from North State Street (U.S. 67) just south of Snedeker Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located on the grounds of Jersey County Historical Society. It can be accessed from the driveway (to the left of the Cheney Mansion) off State Street (US 67), which leads to a parking lot near the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 North State Street, Jerseyville IL 62052, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The McAdams, Plummer & Hagen Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lone Star School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Red House / Cheney Mansion (about 400 feet away); The Hathaway Cemetery Memorial (about 700 feet away); Hamilton Primary School (approx. 6.3 miles away); Thomas Carlin (approx. 13 miles away); Our Lady of the Rivers
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(approx. 13.4 miles away in Missouri); St Rose Philippine Duchesne (approx. 13.4 miles away in Missouri). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerseyville.
Also see . . .  Union Forest Church moves to Jerseyville. Youtube video (posted by Jersey County Journal) showing the re-locating of Union Forest Church (Submitted on November 20, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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