Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The First Congregational Church of Melbourne
Inscription. The First Congregational Church of Melbourne had its beginnings in 1887 when Edward Branch and his wife Abbie began to hold regular Bible study and worship meetings. In December 1887, five men and seven women signed a covenant that was the first step toward construction of a church building. In 1892, local businessman W. H. Powell donated a corner lot on Second Street (Strawbridge) and Washington Street (U.S. Hwy. 1) for a church. The church, a frame building with a steeple, was designed by R. J. Anderson, a local builder and was completed in 1893 at a cost of $2,065. Records show that exactly $2,512,12 was collected for the church's construction. The leftover funds were used to start an organ fund. The first church service was held on Sunday, July 2, 1893. In 1929, the church was greatly expanded by four large stucco-covered additions, and in 1959 stained glass windows were added. Between 1960 and 1999, the building survey as the United Church of Christ-Congregational. On January 3, 2000, the building was sold to His Place Ministries East Coast, Inc., for continued use as a church.
A Florida Heritage Site
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
1. The First Congregational Church of Melbourne Marker
Erected 2013 by The Brevard County Historical Commission The Brevard County Tourist Development Council and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-767.)
28° 4.795′ N, 80° 36.228′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is at the intersection of Strawbridge Avenue (U.S. 192) and U.S. 1, on the right when traveling west on Strawbridge Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
2. The First Congregational Church of Melbourne
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Melbourne Hotel (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of the 1900 Building (about 300 feet away); Carleton Hotel - Idlewylde Hotel (about 500 feet away); Florida East Coast Railroad (about 700 feet away); Campbell Park (about 700 feet away); Trysting Steps and Bluff Walk (about 800 feet away); Myles Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Front Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.