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Shady Grove Methodist Church

Religious Structure
John Dersham

Built in 1892, Shady Grove Methodist Church was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1999 and the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The church began as a brush arbor and featured log benches underneath for seating. The second church was made of hand-sawed logs, dirt floor and doubled as a school house for the area. In the late 1800s, Reverend D.C. Beltz, Architect, designed and built this beautiful gothic-style church with the help of volunteers in the community. Located behind the pulpit, visitors can enjoy the workmanship of a hand-carved design of a church. Today it stands tall atop a hill overlooking farm country and graves of past Union and Confederate Soldiers.

Shady Grove 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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