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Cahaba in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
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St. Luke's Episcopal Church

 
 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
1. St. Luke's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription.  St. Luke's was consecrated in 1854. It was an outstanding example of the Gothic Revival style, popular at the time. The contractor closely followed designs in a widely circulated book, Rural Architecture, published in 1852 by the celebrated architect Richard Upjohn.

In 1878, after the decline of the town, the church was moved 11 miles to Martin's Station Alabama. Over a hundred years later archaeologists were able to uncover the footprint of the structure that once stood here, compare it to the measurements of the church in Martin's Station, and confirm the building's original location. A layer of soil was then brought in to protect the site and to illustrate the layout of the church.
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Alabama Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
 
Location. Marker has been permanently removed.
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It was located near 32° 18.99′ N, 87° 5.82′ W. Marker was in Cahaba, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker was on Vine Street, on the left when traveling south. Located to the right of the stone marker on Vine Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Orrville AL 36767, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Footprint of a Church (a few steps from this marker); Cahawba - circa 1500 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Prison Chimney? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Prison (about 300 feet away); Castle Morgan & Jesse Hawes (about 300 feet away); Major Hiram Solon Hanchett (about 300 feet away); The Mound at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park (about 300 feet away); Cahaba First State Capital (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cahaba.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Replaced by new marker "Footprint of a Church".
 
Also see . . .  Old Cahawba, "Alabama's most famous Ghost Town". (Submitted on October 3, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church 1854 Location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
2. St. Luke's Episcopal Church 1854 Location
 
St. Luke's Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, August 15, 2009
3. St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church under reconstruction at Cahaba in its new and third location since 1854. In 2006 with the help from Auburn University College of Architecture's Rural Studio started disassembling the wooden structure in Martin's Station, Alabama for its return to Cahaba. The building could not be returned to its original site which is in a flood zone so the building was placed on higher ground several blocks away across from the Cahaba Welcome Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2024. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,551 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on August 3, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 1, 2009, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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