Historic Markers Across Florida

First United Methodist Church Tampa, Florida

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Location: on E Tyler St near N Florida Ave in Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.162    W 082° 27.518
  27.9527    -82.45863333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQ8C9


On July 26, 1846, the first Methodist church in Tampa was organized with seventeen founding members. They worshipped in a primitive structure built of driftwood from nearby Fort Brooke. They called it the “Church-by-the-Sea". This structure was destroyed in the great storm of 1848. The undaunted band of Christians completed a new building in 1853 naming it the Little White Church. After that church and its records were destroyed by fire, the Methodist congregation built a distinguished sanctuary which served the church and community well for seventy years. It was replaced by the neo-gothic structure by which you stand. We welcome you to this church, dedicated to keeping the spirit of God in the heart of Tampa.

This marker is given in Loving Memory of:
By: his wife, Elizabeth and Family