The Tennessee Historical Commission announced the addition of five new properties to the National Register of Historic Places today, including a Morristown church that’s over 100 years old.
The Bethel Methodist Church in Morristown will be the twelfth Hamblen County property added to the National Register of Historic Places. Built around 1907-1908, the church is a cross-gable form church building with Gothic Revival details.
Located in a commercial area of Morristown, the Bethel Methodist Church is notable for its associations with the city’s African American community. The building served as a cornerstone of social and religious activity and was aligned with Morristown College, a prominent African American institution in the region.
During the 1940s, the Women’s Society of Christian Service was organized and raising funds and planning events for the church and community. By 1951, the congregation had grown and a rear addition was constructed on the building.
The church continues to be key organization in Morristown.
Bethel Methodist Church joins Sandra Hosiery Mills, Oaklawn Garden, Sterick North Garage and Hotel and Bozo’s Hot Pit Bar-B-Que as the newest Tennessee sites to join the registry.
“These additions to the National Register of Historic Places are a testament to Tennessee’s diverse heritage,” said Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre. “The historic properties are part of our unique past and are worthy of being recognized on this prestigious list.”