Near Athens in Limestone County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Round Island Baptist Church
A church older than the county and state. First meeting house built in the fall of 1816, on Indian land, a few miles south of here along Round Island Creek. The first Govt. Land sales were in Feb. 1818 after treaties with the Chickasaws in 1816 and Cherokees in 1817. Thos. O'Banion was interim minister until the church formally organized on June 17, 1817 when Jeremiah Tucker was elected it's pastor. Families making up the 12 charter members were: Tucker, Lambert, Morgan, Ables, McWilliams, Stamps, and Barclay.
The church relocated to the present site about 1823, after John Favor, a Rev. War veteran and member of the congregation, donated the land.
The original building, which faced the cemetery, remained unchanged until 1920, when the first of two additions was built, giving the church the shape of a cross.
With no pastor during the Civil War, the congregation scattered, but was
Over the opposition of some members, the first church organ was purchased in 1910 from Sears Roebuck & Co. for $39.65. During a lengthy meeting in 1913, there were 76 conversions, 49 of whom joined the church, which thrives today with a large and active congregation.
Erected 2005 by Round Island Baptist Church and Limestone County Historical Society.
Location. 34° 44.809′ N, 87° 2.496′ W. Marker is near Athens, Alabama, in Limestone County. Marker is on Brownsferry Road (County Route 29) 0.2 miles west of Huntsville Brownsferry Road/Ripley Road (County Route 24), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14790 Brownsferry Road, Athens AL 35611, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Henderson / Trinity School - 1865-1970 (approx. 5 miles away); Coleman Family (approx. 5.1 miles away); Pleasant Hill (approx. 5.4 miles away); Governor George S. Houston Home (approx. 5½ miles away); Athens Sacked and Plundered Athens First Presbyterian Church (approx. 5½ miles away); Courthouse and Poor Farm Fence (approx. 5½ miles away); Athens, Alabama (approx. 5½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . Round Island Baptist Church. (Submitted on May 2, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on July 13, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.