Coffeeville Presbyterian Church (former)

Presbyterian Church

Coffeeville’s former Presbyterian Church was constructed 1905, attributed to Andrew Johnson.  Johnson was from Sardis, Mississippi, and began his career as a builder (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory).  Johnson, nicknamed “Big Swede” due to his large stature, was an immigrant from Sweden, in 1865 (Andrew Johnson, Architect). He eventually settled in Sardis, building many churches, homes, and stores in the area.

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14 Responses to Coffeeville Presbyterian Church (former)

  1. A rather compact building…interesting.


  2. Susan Lentz says:

    Hi Suzassippi, thanks so much for the info on Coffeevile’s oh-so-pretty church. I will skirt the question of how someone gets from Sweden to Sardis, much less why someone would want to immigrate during a civil war, but I am curious as to whether or not any repairs have been done on the mural downtown?
    Keep traveling,


    • Suzassippi says:

      Well, I know you did not ask, but the answer is “circuitously” and the reason was he heard you could make more money in “America” than Sweden in 1865. He went first to New York (of course, right?) and then on to other cities mid-west and south. There is no clear consensus on why he came to Sardis as some of the dates and construction do not really match the stories. However, once he got here, he apparently did quite well.

      I do not know about the repair; I took the photograph prior to the mural’s damage, but if I had to hazard a guess, I would say it has not been repaired. I do have to get back to Coffeeville on other research as soon as I have a bit of time, so I will check it for you once I do.


  3. Beth says:

    I like the building’s clean, simple lines. In spite of the compactness there seems to be a grace about it (no pun intended).


  4. Sheryl says:

    I always think that it’s a little sad when a church closes. The building looks like it is still in pretty good shape.


  5. socialbridge says:

    Another gorgeous building that’s so unlike what we have here in Ireland.


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