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Hamilton United Methodist Church

Religious Structure
John Dersham

The Hamilton United Methodist Church boasts a very rich and colorful heritage. Prior to the Civil War, a handful of Methodists worshipped at Old Pleasant Ridge Church. The first Methodist church, Old Lebanon, was built near Hamilton, formerly Toll Gate, in 1868. The first Sunday School was organized in 1878, at Lebanon church. In 1885, a lot was purchased and a simple two-story white frame building was erected. In 1909, the Hamilton church became a station and the Missionary Society was organized with twelve members. In 1923, ground was broken to build a new brick church at the corner of Bexar Avenue and Military Highway and was completed in October of 1924. From 1863 until 2014, seventy-one pastors have served the Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Hamilton United Methodist Church Is part of the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail of Sacred Places, a driving tour of 32 churches that are at least 100 years old, stand on their original sites, still hold services, and are accessible to the public. For more information, visit

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