Historic Markers Across Alabama

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Marker ID: HCC 
Location: 800 1st Avenue, Opelika, Alabama
County: Lee
Coordinates: N 32° 38.949    W 085° 22.826
  32.64915    -85.38043333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMFKP7


Organized in 1858, Trinity Mission was admitted to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on May 5, 1860. When the first church was consecrated on this site in 1862, it was renamed Emmanuel, meaning "God With Us." That building was destroyed by a tornado in 1869. The cornerstone for the present church was laid on Easter Day 1872. Built of native fieldstone from the Nelson and Sarah Carruthers Clayton Plantation north of Opelika, Emmanuel is the oldest public building in Opelika. Born of hope during Reconstruction, this little stone church stands as a testament to pioneer faith and endurance and remains a living monument to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Erected by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, Opelika Historical Preservation and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 2004.

End of Emmanuel Episcopal Church