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Bardstown in Nelson County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Union Church

 
 
Union Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, April 10, 2021
1. Union Church Marker
Inscription.  

This is the first brick church erected within the original city limits of Bardstown. The 1804 will of Samuel P. Jones directed that his possessions be sold and the money be used to build a church for all Christian denominations. His wishes were carried out and the church was built ca. 1812. Two lots were used for the cemetery.

Congregations of Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists met here until they built their own churches. After the Civil War, the African American Baptists began meeting here and assumed responsibility for its upkeep. It was enlarged and a bell tower was added in the late 1800s. Became home to the First Baptist Church in the 1860s.
 
Erected 2015 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2462.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
 
Location. 37° 48.761′ 
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N, 85° 27.831′ W. Marker is in Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County. Marker is on North 2nd Street north of East Maidens Alley, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 312 N 2nd St, Bardstown KY 40004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bardstown's First Church (here, next to this marker); Alexander Walters (1858-1917) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “A Pretty Close Call” (about 700 feet away); Twenty-Five Damned Yankees (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salem Academy (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lafayette Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Co. (approx. ¼ mile away); John Fitch Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bardstown.
 
Union Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, April 10, 2021
2. Union Church Marker
Union Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, April 10, 2021
3. Union Church Marker
Union Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, April 10, 2021
4. Union Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on July 14, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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