Galilee United Methodist Church Cemetery, Graceville, Jackson County, Florida

Galilee United Methodist Church Cemetery
Graceville, Jackson County, Florida
October 2000 Survey

Cemetery Survey with Pictures and History
From: John W Cooley e-mail [email protected]

Galilee Church
Galilee Church

Galilee Cemetery
Galilee Cemetery

Galilee United Methodist Church Cemetery, Graceville, Jackson County, Florida, Part 1

Galilee United Methodist Church Cemetery, Graceville, Jackson County, Florida, Part 2

Galilee Church History

The Galilee Church began as a Sunday School. It was organized in a sheep shed owned by the late Frank McCrary south of the present church. Later the meeting place was changed to Spring Pond Schoolhouse, which later became Union School. Due to the large crowds at revivals they were moved to a nearby brush arbor.

In 1896 the Galilee Church was organized as a Methodist Episcopal Church, South. With the union of the Methodist Episcopal Church, The Methodist Protestant Church, and The Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1938, Galilee became a Methodist Church. Then in April 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren and The Methodist Church merged, Galilee became a United Methodist Church.

The late George Williams, known as "Galilee George" gave 10 acres of land for a church, cemetery and schoolhouse 2nd February 1897. The present church stands on this land. The men of the community gave lumber used in the first church buildings. It was hewn and drawn to the location with oxen and horses. A frame building served as the church house for many years. Some of the present members remember worshiping in the white building and have precious memories of it.

In 1946 the congregation began planning its new brick church building. A building fund was started and money came in from friends near and far and the church was completed and dedicated free of debt. Dedication of the present brick building was held in 1953. A new metal tabernacle was erected in 1966 to replace the old wooden structure.

The brick building and metal tabernacle make up the current buildings for worship and bible study at Galilee and are located adjoining the Galilee Cemetery.

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