Wallace River Baptist Church

Title

Wallace River Baptist Church

Creator

Avery Jackson

Source

Information provided by the church and the Atlantic Baptist Archives.

Church Name

Wallace River Baptist Church

Church Association

Cumberland Association

Province

Nova Scotia

County

Cumberland County

Address

2441 Highway 368, Fountain Rd Wallace NS

Status

Active

Date

Built circa 1849

Historical Information

The church was originally built at Wallace Bay, on the south-east corner of the Thompson Road at Trunk 6. Moved with oxen, using skids to the present site in 1856. Following organization, the first person to join the Church was James Fountain.

In 1967 the Auditorium was given major renovations and again in 1990. This church was built in the Meeting House style. The Meeting House style was typical of Baptist and Congregational congregations around this time frame in Atlantic Canada, due to its simplistic and rather quick-to-build design. The Meeting House style is characterized by a 1 ½ storey wood-frame construction, with either one or two entranceways located on the gable end. This building would have been covered in either wooden clad boards, or cedar shakes, and had a roof covered in wooden shingles. Heating sources during this time consisted of either a wood or coal burning stove, with illumination within the building coming from either whale oil or kerosene oil lamps.

A church was maintained in Hartford until 1924 and services were held in the Wallace Station Community Hall until 1960.

This church has maintained many of its original features over time. It was constructed with hints of Classical architectural embellishments, such as the return eaves on the gable end, and two doors on the gable end. This church is similar in size and style to that of the Westchester United Baptist Church.

Information provided by the church and the Atlantic Baptist Archives.

Files

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Citation

Avery Jackson, “Wallace River Baptist Church,” Atlantic Baptist Built Heritage Project , accessed April 14, 2024, https://atlanticbaptistheritage.omeka.net/items/show/500.

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