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Conway First Baptist Church/Fort Gatlin

 
 
Conway First Baptist Church/Fort Gatlin Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 14, 2014
1. Conway First Baptist Church/Fort Gatlin Marker Side 1
Inscription. (side 1)
Conway First Baptist Church

The Conway First Baptist Church was organized in 1910 and first housed in a clubhouse on Arnold Avenue and Anderson Road. In February 1911, the clubhouse and lot were sold or exchanged for five acres of land owned by the Matthew Burkett family. Church members donated money and labor to build the congregation's first church on the newly acquired land. During the next decade, additions such as a wood-burning heater, pews, and white paint improved the little frame building. A variety of pastors made long trips to the church, some even crossing Lake Conway by boat, until a full-time pastor was hired in the late 1920s or early 30s.

Construction of Sunday school rooms was started in 1940 and on May 4, 1941, a homecoming day was celebrated with ten classrooms dedicated. In the fall of 1949, the Business Men's Class of First Baptist Church of Orlando gave $1,500 requesting it to be donated to Conway Baptist Church for building purposes. Much support and sacrifice led to the dedication of a new sanctuary on November 19, 1950.

(side 2)
Fort Gatlin

Fort Gatlin was built in November 1838 during the Second Seminole War. It was named in honor of army surgeon Dr. Henry Gatlin who was killed at the beginning of the war in the Dade's
Conway First Baptist Church/Fort Gatlin Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 14, 2014
2. Conway First Baptist Church/Fort Gatlin Marker Side 2
Massacre. The fort stood on a triangular piece of land surrounded by lakes Gatlin, Gem Mary, and Jenny Jewell. Its location made it easier for the army to protect it from attack. Typical of Florida forts, it was constructed of pine poles fitted close together with a peephole about every five feet. The fort was an outpost that was part of a supply line for army troops rounding up Seminoles, who were resisting resettlement in the West. The army protected Fort Gatlin for eleven years during which times skirmishes between settlers and Indians occurred. After the fort was abandoned in 1848, settlers remained, and the area was still referred to as Fort Gatlin.
 
Erected by Richard T. Crotty, Mayor-Linda A. Stewart, Commissioner District 4-Orange County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 28° 29.687′ N, 81° 19.861′ W. Marker is in Conway, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of South Conway Road (State Road 15) and Gatlin Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Conway Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4000 South Conway Road, Orlando FL 32812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Citrus Industry and Red Hill Groves/Conway School (approx. mile away);
Conway First Baptist Church from marker looking west on Gatlin Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 14, 2014
3. Conway First Baptist Church from marker looking west on Gatlin Avenue
Conway United Methodist Church/Brick Road (approx. half a mile away); St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church/Datson Dairy (approx. 0.6 miles away); The English Colony/The Polo Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Gatlin 1838 (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Fort Gatlin (approx. 2.2 miles away); 1972 B-52 Crash (approx. 2.6 miles away); Eppes-Shine Plot Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conway.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionForts, CastlesWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 108 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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