First United Methodist Church -805 Canal Street

Old Decatur Historic District

First United Methodist Church -805 Canal Street

Decatur, Alabama 35601, United States

Created By: Historic Decatur Association

Point of Interest Details

The sanctuary you see now at First United Methodist Church was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 1899. The three large, stained glass windows cost $450. The Methodist Episcopal Church – South, as it was then known, raised a sanctuary as early as 1835 and was the earliest congregation in Decatur. That first building was a one-room brick structure. A later house of worship was burned by Union soldiers during the Civil War; the federal government later reimbursed the congregation for the damage. In 1886 the Reverend John Harmon Nichols – a crippled veteran of the Confederate 16th Tennessee Volunteers – arrived and determined to build a church in Decatur. He kept that vow and built a “neat little church” that cost $2,200. That structure immediately predated the sanctuary that stands before you now.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Old Decatur Historic District


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