Carlowville Baptist Church at Carlowville, AL (built ca. 1834; listed on the NRHP)

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Carlowville is a small community in southern Dallas County. Shown is the Carlowville Baptist Church. Local tradition attributes the design of this two-story church to the first pastor, Dr. Jessie Hartwell, a New Englander. The Baptist congregation organized in 1833 and they began construction of this church shortly thereafter. The building was originally Federal style but had Greek Revival additions later. The church has a “U” shaped slave gallery that extends down both sides and crosses over the entrance.

This church is a contributing property to the Carlowville Historic District that was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1978. It is also included in Alabama Tapestry of Historic Places 1978, published by the Alabama Historical Commission.

The church is located in Carlowville on the east side of Hwy 89 approximately 0.3 mile north of the Hwy 89 and CR 4 intersection (GPS coordinates 32.091096,-87.032815).

Sources: 1) NRHP “Carlowville Historic District” Nomination Form; 2) Alabama Tapestry of Historic Places 1978, prepared by the Alabama Historic Commission.

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