Historic Churches Walking Tour

Historic Churches Walking Tour

Madison, Indiana 47250, United States

Created By: Visit Madison, Inc.

Tour Information

Explore 18 historic churches in Madison, Indiana.

This tour is sponosred by the Jefferson County Historical Society History Center. 615 W. First Street, Madison, IN 47250 | 812-265-2335 | www.jchshc.org

Acknowlesgement: The material in the tour was researched and organized by Jan Vetrhus, Cornerstone Society, Inc.

For a paper copy of the walking tour go to the Visitors Center: 601 W. First Street.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Madision Presbyterian church is located at 202 Broadway; Greek Revival with Baroque-style bell tower. This building was erected by the First Presbyterians in 1846 - 1847. In 1921, after an 88-year separation, the 1st and 2nd Presbyterian re... Read more
516 W. Main Street. Founded in 1836 by the Disciples of Christ, a brick church was built on this site in 1864. That church was destroyed by fire Christmas Eve 1899. The congregation rebuilt a new church in 1901, but that one suffered a majo... Read more
416 Vine Street, Greek Revival. Organized as Crooked Creek Baptist in 1807, the congregtion became First Baptist in 1829 and built a new church in 1831. From 1853 to 1860 construction took place on the building that you see today. It is sti... Read more
417 Vine St, Greek Revival. This was the site of an abolition and anti-slavery congregation organized in 1850.
615 Broadway. Black congregants separated from First Baptist in 1848, and Second Baptist was founded in 1849 by black leaders in the Underground Railroad. In 1879, they built this building on Broadway near the Broadway Colored School. It is... Read more
409 Broadway Street, Gothic Revival. In 1869, Robert’s Chapel and St. John’s Methodist united in a new church to be known as Trinity Methodist. This building was dedicated in 1874. It is still an active church.
420 Broadway. This is the site of the first Catholic mass in Madison in 1817. In 1844, the frame building became St. Anne’s Academy which was run by the Sisters of Providence. It is privately owned.
210 West Third Street. The Roberts M. E. Chapel was built in 1852 by the Third Street Methodists. The group had split off from the Wesley Chapel. The Methodists reunited in 1872 and this building was sold to the Catholics who used it briefl... Read more
409 Poplar Street. The congregation was organized in 1866 as Bryant's Chapel. It moved to Poplar Street in 1878. They were able to build the church with the help of the Church Extension Society for Black Methodists. The church closed in 200... Read more
222 W. Main Street. This church, built in 1831, was located on what is now the Main Street parking lot. After the church united with Trinity Methodist in 1881, it became the Madison Opera House. It was razed in the 1970s. ...
101 East Third Street, Greek Revival. They built this church in 1835. When the Presbyterians reunited in 1921, it became the Vail Funeral Home after it was sold to the Lutherans who formed St. Paul’s in 1927. It is now owned by Historic M... Read more
113 East Third Street. Madison had an active Jewish community with the earliest records dating from 1849. In 1855 a synagogue was established. In 1868, this building was purchased from the Radical Methodists to be used as a synagogue until ... Read more
506 Mulberry Street, Gothic Revival. Built in 1850, this is the 2nd oldest Episcopal Church building in Indiana. The east windows are examples of early American stained glass. It is still an active church.
217 E. 3rd Street. This church was organized in 1844 to serve German-speaking Methodists. It remained separate until they joined Trinity United Methodist in 1925. Today the building it once again an active church - Faith Covenant. ...
309 East Fifth Street, Greek Revival. Constructed in 1850 this served as the AME Church until 1926, then Pilgrim Holiness Church until 1943. The church formed in 1844 by the free blacks. It is now owned by Historic Madison, Inc. ...
421 E. 3rd Street. The parish was founded in 1817 by Father Michael Edger Shawe, and this stone church was built between 1837 and 1839. It was known as the Irish church and was an active parish through the 1980s. It is now owned by Historic... Read more
406 East Street, Greek Revival. This building was constructed in 1850 as St. John's Methodist Church. When the congregation joined with others to form Trinity Methodist in 1872 the building was sold to the Congregational Church. That churc... Read more
413 E. 2nd Street. This church was founded in 1850 for German speaking Catholics who did not feel at home at St. Michael’s. German was used exclusively in services. It was enlarged to its present size in 1860. For a period of time, there ... Read more


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