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Wetumpka in Elmore County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

First Presbyterian Church

Founded 1836

 
 
First Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 20, 2013
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription.  Built, 1856, dedicated 1857, combining exterior Gothic style with Greek Revival interior. Original part designed as a rectangular block. Wings were added on eastern and western sides in the middle 1900's. At that time a choir rail replaced original balustraded corner section. The balcony and chandeliers are outstanding. The church has served its members continuously and has been used for civic and patriotic assemblies significant in Wetumpka's history. In 1861 it served as a departure point for the Wetumpka Light Guard upon enlistment in the Confederate Army.

Entered in National Register, Historic Places 1976
 
Erected 1977 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker has been damaged. 32° 32.359′ N, 86° 12.529′ W. Marker is in Wetumpka, Alabama, in Elmore County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bridge Street (Alabama Route 212) and North Bridge Street (Alabama Route 111), on the right
First Presbyterian Church Building image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 20, 2013
2. First Presbyterian Church Building
when traveling west on West Bridge Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Bridge Street, Wetumpka AL 36092, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Wetumpka Light Guard (a few steps from this marker); First Baptist Church of Wetumpka (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wetumpka Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); High Water Mark (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wetumpka's Bridges (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Calaboose (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wetumpka L&N Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmore County Vietnam War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wetumpka.
 
Additional comments.
1. EF2 tornado destroys First Presbyterian Church.
A tornado struck Wetumpka on Saturday, January 19, 2019 and destroyed the historic First Presbyterian Church. The damage can be seen in the photos on this page.
    — Submitted January 19, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
Marker was demolished by EF-2 tornado. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 2, 2019
3. Marker was demolished by EF-2 tornado.
Post can be seen but actual marker is not visible.
Wreckage of the First Presbyterian Church after EF-2 tornado. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, February 2, 2019
4. Wreckage of the First Presbyterian Church after EF-2 tornado.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 988 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3, 4. submitted on February 2, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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