Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church was organized on June 8, 1811 with 46 members, including four newly ordained elders. The founding pastor, the Rev. Gideon Blackburn, was a noted preacher, teacher, founder of numerous churches and schools, and a missionary to the Cherokees. The congregation built a meeting house adjacent to the City Cemetery in 1815. It relocated to the corner of Fifth Avenue and Main Street in 1842, where it remained for 152 years. On September 18, 1994, this building was dedicated to the Glory of God, continuing a history of Reformed worship, Christian education, and local and world mission.
Grace alone, Christ alone, faith alone, scripture alone.
Erected 1997 by Williamson County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee – Williamson County Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 8, 1811.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Legends Club Lane, Franklin TN 37069, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franklin Interurban (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo (approx. half a mile away); Battle Ground Academy (approx. half a mile away); Legacy Walk (approx. 0.6 miles away); Roper's Knob in the Civil War / The Union Fortification of Roper's Knob (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle Ground Academy (approx. 0.6 miles away); McEwen Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ida Allen McKay (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
More about this marker. The last line, in Latin, translates to: "By grace alone. Christ alone. By faith alone. By Scripture alone." They are among the five solae (Latin for "alone") or central principles of the Protestant Reformation.
Also see . . . First Presbyterian Church | About. Overview of the church's history on its website. (Submitted on May 12, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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