Church of Nativity

Foundations of Faith Trail

Madison County has 16 churches over 100 years old, most on their original sites, and still holding services today. These places of worship define Madison County’s rich and diverse cultural and spiritual heritage.

Locations on the trail include:


  • First Presbyterian Church 307 Gates Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801
    One of the state’s oldest Presbyterian churches, First Presbyterian dates from 1818 and has been in its current building since 1860.

  • First United Methodist Church 120 Greene Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
    With origins in 1805, the congregation completed their third and present church in 1868, with additions in 1924, 1956, 1985 and 2000.


  • Holmes Street United Methodist Church 501 Holmes Avenue NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
    The Holmes Street UMC has been located at its current location since 1909, when Holmes Avenue was named Holmes Street.  Additions were added in 1958, 1967 and 2013.

  • Randolph Church of Christ 210 Randolph Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35801
    Completed in 1889, the congregation organized as a community in 1883 holding services in the courthouse as a Christian Church.

  • St. Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church 222 Jefferson Street N, Huntsville, AL 35801
    Constructed of native stone hauled from Monte Sano, the cornerstone was laid in 1861, but construction was suspended for the duration of the Civil War.  The Church was completed in 1872, saving the fresco, and dedicated in 1877.

  • Temple B'Nai Sholom 103 Lincoln Street SE Huntsville, AL 35801
    Sharing the same architect with the nearby Central Presbyterian Church, the Temple was dedicated in 1899 and restored in 1994. Temple B’Nai Sholom is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Alabama.


  • Ford's Chapel United Methodist Church  280 Ford Chapel Drive, Harvest, AL 35749
    Founded in 1808, Ford’s Chapel was the first Methodist Church established in what is now Alabama.  Resting on the floor joists from the original 1819 structure, the old sanctuary was built in 1870.

  • Gurley United Methodist Church  121 College Street, Gurley, AL 35748
    Constructed in 1891, only one year after the town incorporated, the church is an example of vernacular Gothic Revival.

  • Madison United Methodist Church 127 Church Street, Madison, AL 35758
    Located in what is now old town Madison, the church was originally a one room frame building.  This was brick veneered as part of an expansion in 1947, renovated in 2008, and is still in use.


  • New Market Presbyterian Church 1725 New Market Road, New Market, AL 35761
    The third church on land deeded in 1849, the present Church was erected in 1888 and features hand carved woodwork by local craftsmen.

  • Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church 729 New Hope Cedar Point Road, New Hope, AL 35760
    Rebuilt after the original church was burned by the Union Army, this small white clapboard church retains its original hand dug well, pre-War cemetery and tongue and groove walls.

  • Union Chapel at University of Alabama in Huntsville 301 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35899 - This small Greek Revival-style wooden building was originally constructed as a chapel sometime between 1820 and the 1850. A gift of the Bendall family, it was moved from Union Grove, Alabama to the UAH campus in 1974. It was restored by UAH art faculty, students, volunteers and businesses.

  • Church at Burritt on the Mountain  3101 Burritt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35801
    Built in the 1880s on the corner of College and Sullivan Street in Madison, the Madison Baptist Church, the original building was moved to Burritt on the Mountain and rededicated in 1891.

Burritt on the Mountain

  • St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church  The original Huntsville African Baptist Church was established in 1820 and built in the Old Georgia Graveyard which is now the location of Huntsville Hospital. There is a special memorial to the graveyard and St. Bartley at the Hospital.
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