Mount Gilboa Chapel

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Mt. Gilboa Chapel
Mt. Gilboa African Methodist (A.M.E.) Church 2012.jpg
Mount Gilboa Chapel is located in Maryland
Mount Gilboa Chapel
Mount Gilboa Chapel is located in the US
Mount Gilboa Chapel
Location 2312 Westchester Avenue, Oella, Maryland
Coordinates 39°16′29.75″N 76°46′42.9″W / 39.2749306°N 76.778583°W / 39.2749306; -76.778583Coordinates: 39°16′29.75″N 76°46′42.9″W / 39.2749306°N 76.778583°W / 39.2749306; -76.778583
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1859 (1859)
NRHP reference # 76000978[1]
Added to NRHP October 21, 1976

Mt. Gilboa Chapel is a historic African Methodist Episcopal Church located in Oella, Baltimore County, Maryland. It is a small stone church measuring 28 feet by 42 feet, built about 1859 by free African Americans. The front façade is ashlar masonry, but the sides and rear are of rubble.[2]

The building is the replacement of an earlier log chapel of unknown origin. It is possible that neighbor Benjamin Banneker attended services in such a log building.[2] An obelisk that the Maryland Bicentennial Commission and the State Commission on Afro American History and Culture erected in 1977 to commemorate Banneker stands in the church's yard near his unmarked grave.[3]

The chapel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Rev. Roland Howard (1975). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Mount Gilboa Chapel" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  3. ^ (1) "Benjamin Banneker" marker in website of The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 2008-08-27.
    (2) "Mount Gilboa Chapel". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
    (3) Coordinates of Benjamim Banneker obelisk: 39°16′30″N 76°46′44″W / 39.2749641°N 76.778807°W / 39.2749641; -76.778807 (Benjamin Banneker obelisk)

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