Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cooper Congregational Church
In 1843 the Reverends Mason Knappen and Ova Hoyt organized the Cooper Congregational Church with families from New York and Vermont. Church founders included Laura Blanchard, John and Betsy Borden, Mace, Nancy and John Borden, Matilda Delano, David Deming, Eliza Earl, Lydia Hart, Fidelia Pratt, William and Susan Lyman and Almon and Phoebe Monroe. These members first worshipped in a log schoolhouse at Cooper Centre. The present church was erected in 1856.
This church was built in 1856 with money raised from the sale of family church pews—a popular fund-raising method used in New England and New York. Ephraim Delano, George Delano, George Hart, A.R. Allen, A.W. Ingerson, Allen Chappell and John Walker built the church on land donated by Barney and Eliza Earl. The cornice returns, triangular pediments and square louvred belfry, containing a bell cast by Meneely & Kimberly of Troy, New York, reflect the church's Greek Revival styling.
Erected 1989 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1445B.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 22.655′ N, 85° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8071 Douglas Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeLano Homestead (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 2.8 miles away); Soule Memorial Fountain (approx. 4.8 miles away); Early History of Plainwell (approx. 4.9 miles away); Stuart Neighborhood (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); South Street Historic District (approx. 6.2 miles away).
Categories. • Churches & Religion •
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