Old church building in Elkhart County

The Providence Primitive Baptist Church was organized Oct. 5, 1850, in Elkhart County with five members. In 1852 a parcel of land was purchased from Sam Hoover and a church building was erected in 1852. That is when the original church was built. I’m assuming the current church shown in the photo here is not the original church building, but I was not able to find when this building was built. It is located about a mile or so east of State Road 19 on County Road 46 in Union Township, Elkhart County. As was the case with many rural churches long ago, there is a cemetery on the property too. It is west of the church and can not be seen in the photo. Churches used to take care of cemeteries, but rarely do anymore. There is also another Primitive Baptist cemetery west of Milford in Kosciusko County, but the church attached to it was torn down many years ago. The Primitive Baptist denomination traces its origins in America to the early colonies. They came from England and many of them ended up settling in the Southern states where several of their churches still exist.


Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Elkhart County.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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