HABS in Mississippi: Kingston Methodist Church

Greek Revival House (Church), Kingston, Adams County, Mississippi. photo by Lester Jones, photographer, HABS, February 21, 1940.

From the MDAH Historic Resources Database:

A hip-roofed stuccoed building with a projecting distyle portico, the Kingston Methodist Church is a highly significant example of the Greek Revival style. This significance is based on the high degree of architectural finish, the excellent exterior and interior integrity, the integrity of setting, and the unique manner in which the grand temple form is employed on a small scale in a church building designed to serve the needs of a rural, plantation community. The church was constructed shortly after February 1856, when Alexander Farrar, “desirous of having a new church erected in the Jersey settlement at or near Kingston for purposes of religious and moral culture,” deeded the present approximate 8-acre tract of land to the trustees of the church (Adams County Deed Book LL:382). Dedicated on May 3, 1857, the Kingston Methodist Church has continually served as a cultural and social center of identity for the residents of the Kingston community.

Listed on the National Register on 13 May 1982. Designated as United Methodist Church Historic Site No. 80. Included in Shrines to Tomorrow (1971), Historic Architecture in Mississippi (1973) (p. 46), and America’s Religious Architecture (1997) (p. 286). [HABS: MS-160 (1940)]


See the Library of Congress record: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ms0210.photos.092728p/


Categories: Antebellum, Architectural Research, Churches, Natchez


1 reply

  1. The Descendants of the Jersey Settlers have met here in April of every year since the mid 1940’s. This group is open to anyone who is descended from those families who moved from New Jersey around 1775 to Kingston, MS. The original family names include King, Swayze, Horton, Luse and others. These families & their descendants contributed to the building and upkeep of this historic church.


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