Monday, April 28, 2008

Germantown Churches

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (above) is the second oldest Catholic church in Nashville. Built in 1859 to serve the German families settling in the area north of downtown Nashville, the Assumption Church was occupied by Union forces during the Civil War. Over the years, it has been renovated and enlarged. For more information about The Assumption Church and to see photos of the altar, click here.

Around the corner from The Assumption Church is the Monroe Street United Methodist Church (right). Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find much information about this church, although I did read that, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Methodists in the north Nashville area were involved in social causes, assisting immigrants and low-income families in a number of different ways.

Assumption Catholic Church and Monroe Street United Methodist Church joined forces more than 25 years ago to host Oktoberfest. Held annually in early October in Germantown, Oktoberfest is Nashville's longest-running cultural celebration. You can read more about Oktoberfest here.


Halcyon said...

We also have a Germanfest here in Gluckstadt (part of the Jackson metro area). I haven't been yet b/c last year it was at the same time as the Viking Classic (a minor stop on the PGA tour).

Perhaps we will have to make plans for the Nashville Germanfest!

Halcyon said...

BTW: My husband is German. :)

Anonymous said...

Muito bonitas as igrejas.
Gostei da informação também.

Southern Heart said...

Very pretty church, Chris!

Hope you're doing well...