Alpine Baptist Church recognized by state historical commission

The Talladega County Commission during its meeting Monday recognized Alpine Baptist Church for being listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the state historical commission.

ALPINE -- The Talladega County Commission during its meeting Monday recognized Alpine Baptist Church for being listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the state historical commission.

The Alabama Register is a prestigious listing of historic, architectural and archaeological landmarks. These selected state landmarks are worthy of both preservation and recognition, according to a press release from the commission.

Listing on the state register is an honorary designation, imposing no benefits or restrictions on property owners, the release says.

Alpine Baptist Church was founded in 1832.

According to its website, it is the oldest church in Talladega County.

The church is also a member of the Coosa River Baptist Association.

“Virginia planters, coming to Alabama territory, founded the church, and their families and servants worshipped in the communion until the end of the Civil War, when black members established their own church,” the official website states.

“In the 1800s, Alpine Baptist Church gave more to missions than any Baptist church in the state of Alabama.  

“Also, in 1872, the building was relocated to its present site. The colonial wood frame building, with its high ceilings, green shutters and antique clear glass windows, causes one to step back into history.”

The church holds services every Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Rev. Brad Mitchell serves as pastor.

Alpine Baptist Church is at 2981 Alpine Winterboro Road in Talladega County.

For additional information on other programs offered by the Alabama Historical Commission, visit www.ahc.alabama.gov. To find out more about the church, visit http://alpinebaptistchurch.weebly.com/.