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Baptist Church at Mars Hill

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completed in 1857. Proceed 10 miles south of Ottumwa on US 63; turn east on J15 toward Floris; proceed 2.5 miles; travel left (north) on gravel road 1.1 miles; then turn left and go west .5 miles; drive north (right) .7 miles; turn right and proceed .2 miles, then left, to the north, for .8 miles

The Mars Hill Baptist Church is one of the few remaining nineteenth-century log churches in Iowa. In addition to this distinction, the gable-roofed structure is the largest remaining log cabin in the state (measuring 26 by 28 feet, with walls 10 feet high). The walls utilize split logs, some stretching the entire 28 feet in length. The church building is situated within a grove of trees; adjacent to it is the graveyard and then patches of open fields.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


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David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Baptist Church at Mars Hill", [Bloomfield, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 339-340.

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