Fellsmere in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fellsmere Union Church
Fellsmere Union Church, located at 12 North Hickory Street, is the first and oldest church in the City of Fellsmere. The Reverend James A. Liggitt, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of London, Ohio, and a property owner in Fellsmere, was quoted in his sermonette in the July 25, 1912 edition of the Fellsmere Farmer as saying there was "a strong sentiment among residents of Fellsmere, Florida for a church unity organization—a Union Church or amalgamation of religious bodies which in their present segregated state make it necessary to maintain countless churches and pastors." At the time, the Union Church movement was spreading across the United States and Canada. The Reverend Fletcher D. Baker, Doctor of Divinity, who later became the first minister of the Fellsmere Union Church, arrived in Fellsmere in October 1912, at age 68, and built a cottage at the corner of New York Avenue and Orange Street. Unfortunately, his wife, Ella Vanarsdel Baker, died the month before at age 65. Rev. Baker was born in Indiana and later moved to Illinois, where he served in the Union Army as a private during the Civil War, from 1862
Erected 2013 by The Indian River County Historical Society, the City of Fellsmere and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-766.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 27° 46.067′ N, 80° 35.96′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is at the intersection of North Hickory Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (County Road 512), on the left when traveling north on North Hickory Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 N Hickory St, Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fellsmere (about 500 feet away); The Fellsmere Public School (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Frank and Stella Heiser House (approx. 2 miles away); Fellsmere Grade (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fellsmere.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.