Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (Melbourne, Florida)
|Holy Trinity Episcopal Church|
|Location||50 West Strawbridge Avenue
|Architect(s)||Built by George J. Gingras of Cocoa & C. T. McBride|
The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church was a historic church currently located at 50 West Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne, Florida, United States. It is the oldest established church of any denomination in the city.
The church was built between July and November 1886 and the Reverend Dr. William Porcher DuBose presided over the first service on December 27, 1886. The church was originally located on the south bank of Crane Creek in Melbourne on land purchased from the Wright Brothers through a gift from Lucy Boardman. Members on the north side of Crane Creek traveled by boat and later by footbridge to attend services. For easier access, the congregation moved the church in 1897 to the north side of the creek. The new site was located on the Corner of Fee Avenue and U.S. 1 in Melbourne on land donated by William and Nora Stanford Wells. Jessie S. Goode provided the belfry and bell in 1923 as a gift to the church. The congregation renovated the church in 1927 and moved it again in 1963 to its current location.
The church congregation initially organized in June 1884 at the home of Richard W. Goode. Other founding members included the Campbell, Ellis, Ely, Grubb and Miller families—many of the prominent people of the area at the time. The congregation officially became a parish in 1949 and purchased land on Strawbridge Avenue for the construction of a new sanctuary, church offices and school classrooms. In 1958, the parish expanded the school, which later became Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.
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- Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Sign in front of the church.
- Melbourne Chamber of Commerce. Melbourne: A Century of Memories (Melbourne, FL: National Printing, Inc., 1980), p. 49.
- Brevard County Historical Commission. Historic Brevard: Your Guide to Historic Landmarks in Brevard County (2006), p. 25.
- Brevard County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. Holy Trinity Historical Marker located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 2005.
- Downs, Megan (22 March 2009). "Holy Trinity begins work on new building". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 5B.
- Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. "About Us", Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy website. Retrieved on January 02, 2008.