Tuscumbia in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church was organized April 13, 1824, by Scots-Irish settlers. The sanctuary, erected in 1827, is the oldest in continuous use in Alabama. Its Georgian Gothic style remains essentially unchanged. The brick walls are laid in Flemish Bond and massive hand-hewn beams are joined with wooden pegs. A rare feature is the original wrap-around slave gallery, supported by two levels of columns. The walls were reinforced with iron bars after the 1874 tornado and stained glass windows were added in 1904. The church is listed in the Historic American Buildings Survey and the National Register of Historic Places.
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Notable Tuscumbians who were members include: the Arthur Keller family, whose infant daughter Helen Keller was baptized here in 1880; Brig. Gen. James Deshler, CSA; Alabama Governor Robert Burns Lindsay; Judge John Anthony Steele, delegate to the State Secession Convention and Thomas Limerick, first mayor of Tuscumbia and original trustee of the church. Revivals led by Presbyterian evangelist Daniel Baker in 1839 and 1843
Erected 2005 by First Presbyterian Church, Tuscumbia, Alabama and the Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is April 13, 1887.
Location. 34° 43.993′ N, 87° 42.025′ W. Marker is in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is at the intersection of East 4th Street and North Broad Street, on the right when traveling east on East 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 North Broad Street, Tuscumbia AL 35674, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Colbert County Courthouse Square District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Howell Thomas Heflin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colbert County Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locust Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colbert County World War I MemorialColbert County Gulf War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscumbia.
Also see . . . First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia, Alabama. (Submitted on February 21, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,062 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 4, 5. submitted on February 7, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.