Church near Syracuse dates to 1880s

Old church buildings in the countryside used to be much more common than they are now, but there are still a few of them left. And a few are still used for church services. Shown in the photo is the Syracuse Baptist Church at the intersection of CR 1000N and Syracuse-Webster Road, south of Syracuse in Kosciusko County. It was originally built in 1889 as a United Brethren Church. Keep in mind in 1889, travel was still difficult and people tended to go to a church close to where they lived. The church was built as an offshoot of another United Brethren Church about a quarter mile to the east on 1000 North. The church had other names through the years including Zion Chapel and Freedom Chapel. It was an independent church before becoming a Baptist church as it is now. It is also worth noting there is an old one-room schoolhouse across Syracuse-Webster Road still standing. And Syracuse-Webster Road was once part of the Goshen-Huntington Road, an old state road prior to the days of the state highway department. The foundation and framing of the church building are original portions.

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Syracuse Baptist Church 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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