I took photos of three different Memphis Churches - the First Methodist which was the first church built in Memphis, Calvary Episcopal which has the oldest public building still in use, and St. Peter's Roman Catholic which was the first Roman Catholic parish in West Tennessee.
102 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103
Calvary Episcopal Church which was founded circa 1832. The surviving 1844 nave is the city's oldest public building still in use.
190 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
St. Peter Catholic Church which was founded in 1840, the first Roman Catholic parish in West Tennessee and given to the Dominican Order in 1846. The present church was built 1852-1855 around a smaller church, which was then dismantled and carried out the doors.
204 N 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38105
First Church United Methodist
This churches history started on the first Sunday in February, 1826, when a young Methodist circuit rider, the Reverend Thomas P. Davidson, held a service of worship for a small society of Methodists. This service was the first for the group of citizens who formed the First Methodist Society. It was also the first church of any religion in the city of Memphis. Organizing members of the society were Mrs. Paulina Perkins, a young widow; Elijah Coffee, a shoemaker and itinerant preacher; and a Mr. Dickens, a Portuguese. In March, 1832, the Reverend Mr. Owen made a fervent appeal to the congregation to build a church and to build it at once. Up to this time, there was not a single place in the town of Memphis dedicated to the worship of God. Shortly thereafter, the lot upon which the Pepper Memorial Sunday School Building now stands was purchased from John Overton for $200. It is interesting to note that no building other than the church has stood upon this land.
The cost of the church building was approximately $150. The first service was held in June, although the building was yet complete. This was the “Old Meeting House,” the first church edifice of any denomination in Memphis. In 1885, a building committee was again appointed to investigate the possibilities of building a larger church. In 1885, construction began on a new church structure. The congregation moved into the completed church in January, 1893. The new building of granite and limestone was one of the largest and most handsome in the South
Here is a southeren home that I liked. Sorry for the quality of the picture and please ignor the trash cans. LOL