Eel River Church in Kosciusko County

The old country church has not completely vanished from the landscape, but admittedly there are fewer of them. People are much more mobile today than they were when many of the rural churches were built. At that time, only those in the very nearby local area typically could make it to church. Shown in the photo is the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren. It is located on State Road 14, just west of State Road 13 in Jackson Township, Kosciusko County. Records indicate a church was built on this site in 1860 and became known as the Eel River Church of the Brethren. I’m not sure if this building in the picture was built then, but obviously the back end of the church is older as indicated by the tall windows. This church grew out of one organized in 1838 by some Brethren families who had migrated to the area from southern Ohio. When the church was built on this site in 1860, it was one of three meeting houses in what was known as the North Territory for the denomination. There is also a cemetery next to the church, which was typical of country churches many years ago.

Eel River Church-SR 14 in Jackson Twp 004

Church on SR 14 in Kosciusko 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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