Historic Markers Across Florida



Georgiana United Methodist Church



Marker ID: FLHM F-547
Location: 3925 South Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 17.316    W 080° 40.525
  28.2886    -80.67541666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Georgiana United Methodist Church



Georgiana United Methodist Church was built in the community of Georgiana on Merritt´s Island in 1886. The ringing of the church bell still marks the beginning of worship as it has for many decades. Franklin C. Allen, Jr., a local homesteader, donated the land where the church stands. In the summer of 1886, led by Edwin Nelson, men of the Georgiana community started their building program. Lumber was brought in from St. Augustine by sailboat and unloaded along the Indian River shoreline then carried to the work site. By the end of September the roof was in place and Sunday school was held using chairs on loan from local households. Crafting of the pews was the next project. D.C. Munson crafted the pews by hand from rough lumber. The first service was held on Thanksgiving in 1886. With its dark wood, white pews, red carpet and bright stained glass windows, Georgianna United Methodist Church is one of the most unique worship centers on the east coast of Florida. Georgianna United Methodist Church has always been a vital part of its community and remains so today.






F-547 Sponsored by the Brevard County Historical Commission
and the Florida Department of State
2005



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City: Merritt Island, FL