North Alabama Hallelujah Trail

The North Alabama Hallelujah Trail’s thirty-two churches stand as landmarks in North Alabama and provide welcome and shelter for all who enter regardless of belief. Each church is at least 100 years old, is on its original site, and is still holding services today. The trail winds its way through sixteen counties in North Alabama. Some churches have been designed by experienced architects and some have been designed and constructed by church members who simply “felt the calling.” Each one has their own unique story to tell.

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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne
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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne is the oldest church still in use in the mountaintop town of Fort Payne, Alabama.  Presbyterians can trace their influence in DeKalb County and the Fort Payne area to 1839. Located in the historic district…

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Mentone United Methodist Church
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Mentone United Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Roscoe and Ethel Brown are still honored today by the descendants of their church family for supporting the construction of Mentone United Methodist Church. The church was organized in 1891 and was built in 1892.  Known for its high steeple cross…

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Helton Memorial Chapel
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Helton Memorial Chapel
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Helton Memorial Chapel was dedicated on May 13, 1900, with about 500 people in attendance. The church was named after Mrs. Emma Helton, who spent $1,040 to erect the chapel in memory of her late husband, Dr. Pleasant H. Helton.

Helton…

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Woodville Methodist Church
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Woodville Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Constructed in 1912, Woodville Methodist Chapel remains the oldest church in this area of North Alabama.  The original structure built in 1871 was also used by other denominations since it was the only church in the area at that time.

The…

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Temple B'Nai Sholom
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Temple B'Nai Sholom
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

The 32 founding families erected the temple which was designed by architect R.H. Hunt in Romanesque Revival style, with influences of the Renaissance Revival in the west front gable in 1899.  This is the only congregation affiliated with the…

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Episcopal Church of the Nativity
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Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

After an early attempt in 1836, the congregation of the Church of the Nativity was organized in December of 1842, and In 1845, construction began.  The first church building was of brick and the first service was held in August of 1847.

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Cambridge United Methodist Church
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Cambridge United Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Established in 1818 by the Tennessee Annual Conference, Cambridge United Methodist Church’s origin dates back to the early 1800s as a camp meeting site.  Late in the summer of 1862, the Confederate troops used the church to set up Malone Battalion,…

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First Presbyterian Church On the Square
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First Presbyterian Church On the Square
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Founded in 1829, the First Presbyterian Church initially shared a building, known as Union Church, with the First Baptist Church.  In 1852, they were able to move into their own church, but the building was seized during the Civil War and was…

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St. Joseph Catholic Church
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St. Joseph Catholic Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

The beginnings were simple at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass was held at the home of Mr. Joe Beckman in 1879, prior to the Florence Roman Catholics establishing their first church here in 1898.  The ordinal wooden church and its school were…

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Trinity Episcopal Church
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Trinity Episcopal Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Established in 1836, Trinity is the oldest parish in the Tennessee Valley.  The church building was erected in 1894 after the original sanctuary located a few blocks away was destroyed by fire in 1883.  The bell tower houses a bell that was…

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First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia
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First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

This Georgian Gothic style church is Alabama’s oldest house of continuous worship.  The grounds still contain the original slave gallery.  One of the more famous Alabamians to worship here was Helen Keller.  This is the church where she was baptized.…

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St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tuscumbia
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St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tuscumbia
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Located in Tuscumbia, Alabama, St. John's Episcopal Church is Alabama’s oldest surviving church built in the Carpenter Gothic-style architecture.  Built in 1855, it was used by Union Soldiers to stable their horses during the War Between the States.…

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Mount Pleasant Methodist Church
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Mount Pleasant Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Since the early 1800s, the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church has survived many tragedies, including a flu outbreak and a deadly tornado.  The framing of the present structure maintains pegs and square nails that date prior to 1900.  The…

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First United Methodist Church of Red Bay
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First United Methodist Church of Red Bay
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

A missionary from Boonesville, Mississippi set out to preach under a brush arbor, which was called “Oak Grove.”  On split log seats, the community worshiped there until they were later able to build a cabin. After the Methodist Church became part…

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Hamilton United Methodist Church
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Hamilton United Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

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…

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Brilliant Methodist Church
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Brilliant Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

The North Alabama town of Brilliant was built around the coal mining industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  One remaining building in town of historical significance is the Methodist church.  Brilliant Methodist Church was built by local…

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Historic Corinth Church
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Historic Corinth Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Corinth Church was organized and joined the association at Union Grove in 1884.  During the early 1900s, the church disbanded due to a population shift in Double Springs, but was revived in 1952. Corinth Church has been completely restored to its…

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Church of the Forest
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Church of the Forest
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Church of the Forest was organized under its first name of Grayson. It is located in the extreme north central part of Winston County just a half mile from the historical site of Mt. Olive.  Much of the church’s existence is owed to the Clancy…

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Pine Torch Church
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Pine Torch Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Nestled in the Bankhead National Forest, Pine Torch was built in 1850.  Made from poplar logs with oak shingles and a tin roof, Pine Torch is the perfect example of a log building from that era.  It served as both church and school for the area.  …

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Courtland Presbyterian Church
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Courtland Presbyterian Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Built in 1821, the Church of Nazareth in Courtland, as it was first called, has served Courtland as the second oldest Presbyterian Church in North Alabama.  In 1957, the church was narrowly saved from a fire by the combined efforts of Decatur,…

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St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur
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St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

St. John’s congregation was established in 1880 by the settlers of New Decatur, but the current structure wasn’t built until 1893.  Originally facing north, the church was physically turned around to face east. St. John’s was modeled after Gothic…

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The Tabernacle
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The Tabernacle
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Nothing more than cedar tree logs holding up a roof to cover pews, The Tabernacle has been the home of the Hartselle Camp Meeting since the late 1800s.  It began as an annual revival meeting, originally lasting 11 days, with 3 preaching services…

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St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church
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St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

In 1874, one year before the town of Cullman was officially incorporated, the family of Colonel John G. Cullman and other descendants from Germany began the first religious organization.  The church was first named First Evangelical Protestant…

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Shady Grove Methodist Church
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Shady Grove Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

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.…

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Blountsville United Methodist Church
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Blountsville United Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Moving from Tennessee, Ebenezer Hearn was called upon to organize the first Methodist Church of Alabama.  What began as a Methodist camp on a Creek Indian site progressively transformed into a building in 1818, now known as Blountsville United…

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Shiloh Methodist Church
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Shiloh Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Shiloh Methodist Church was dedicated December 3, 1878, but its roots go back to 1817.  The church is still the same building of 1878, with the original exterior boards still in place.

Shiloh Methodist Church is part of the North Alabama…

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First Methodist Church of Guntersville
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First Methodist Church of Guntersville
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Guntersville First United Methodist Church was organized in 1822 with 33 Cherokee Native Americans ministered by circuit rider, Richard Neely. The first building was built in 1869 on the present site and was the home of the first organized…

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First Presbyterian Church, Guntersville
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First Presbyterian Church, Guntersville
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

After the first building was abandoned, burned and covered with Guntersville Lake, the cornerstone of the current Presbyterian Church is a descendant of Cherokee Mission School.  The architecture, Classical Revival, is based closely to a 16th…

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First United Methodist Church of Attalla
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First United Methodist Church of Attalla
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

In 1851 twelve Methodists met in Newton (later Attalla) to plan a Methodist Episcopal Church.  A crude log building on North Fifth Street served as the first church.  In 1861 and again in 1882 the church relocated on Fifth to accommodate the…

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Keener United Methodist Church
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Keener United Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

The story of Keener United Methodist Church begins in the early 1900s when Jim and Mary Overstreet, together on horse and buggy, rode through the town to raise money for the construction of the church.  With the church only being one room the…

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Round Mountain Baptist Church
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Round Mountain Baptist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

On August 3, 1895, a community of ministers and deacons established a Baptist Church in Round Mountain.  After petitions for money circulated, enough money was raised to build the church.  The Lord’s Supper was observed for the first time in May…

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Lebanon Campground Methodist Church
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Lebanon Campground Methodist Church
Local Points of Interest | Religious Structure

Established in the 1830s, the building was first used as a place of worship and the only school in the area.  The big spring, still located in front of the church, provided the water. Today there are still no modern conveniences such as running water,…

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1 First Presbyterian Church of Fort Payne
2 Mentone United Methodist Church
3 Helton Memorial Chapel
4 Woodville Methodist Church
5 Temple B'Nai Sholom
6 Episcopal Church of the Nativity
7 Cambridge United Methodist Church
8 First Presbyterian Church On the Square
9 St. Joseph Catholic Church
10 Trinity Episcopal Church
11 First Presbyterian Church of Tuscumbia
12 St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tuscumbia
13 Mount Pleasant Methodist Church
14 First United Methodist Church of Red Bay
15 Hamilton United Methodist Church
16 Brilliant Methodist Church
17 Historic Corinth Church
18 Church of the Forest
19 Pine Torch Church
20 Courtland Presbyterian Church
21 St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur
22 The Tabernacle
23 St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church
24 Shady Grove Methodist Church
25 Blountsville United Methodist Church
26 Shiloh Methodist Church
27 First Methodist Church of Guntersville
28 First Presbyterian Church, Guntersville
29 First United Methodist Church of Attalla
30 Keener United Methodist Church
31 Round Mountain Baptist Church
32 Lebanon Campground Methodist Church