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The Tabernacle

Take me to church in Alabama

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posted June 8, 2020

The North Alabama Hallelujah Trail is a 16-county journey for groups to fill up on soulful experiences. The churches along the trail were selected during an intensive two-year research process, according to the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association website.

The trail’s sites, which include a variety of building styles and congregations, can be places of inspiration for faith-based groups or spots to explore for lovers of Southern history and architecture. While some of the churches feature exquisite detail, others are simple in their design—and both evoke beauty and reflection. The churches along the trail include the following:

Shiloh Methodist Church
Shiloh Methodist Church in Allgood (Photo by

Temple B’Nai Shalom in Huntsville was designed in Romanesque Revival style, and groups can take guided tours of the building by appointment.

Shiloh Methodist Church in Allgood is a lovely example of a traditional church building, with boards original to its 1878 construction.

St. John’s Episcopal Church originated in 1880 by New Decatur settlers. The building, erected in 1893, was turned from a north position to face the east. It’s the only true Gothic-style church in the city.

The Tabernacle’s cedar logs shelter its pews but there are no walls, allowing the sunshine and the Holy Spirit to pour in. Its heritage in Hartselle is traced to the holiness movement of the 19th century.

For more information, contact Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association’s president, Tami Reist or go to

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