In 1833, a congregation of seventeen Christians was organized in Franklin following preaching by Tolbert Fanning, Absalom Adams, and Alexander Campbell. Joel Anderson and Andrew Craig were other early leaders in this church, one of the oldest in the American Restoration Movement. After Campbell’s second visit in 1851, a brick meeting house was erected here on Indigo Street [as it was called then] on a lot given by Thomas Hardin Perkins. The first service was held September 5, 1852. That building, used as a hospital after the Battle of Franklin, stood until it was ruined by a cyclone [tornado] in 1927. The second church building, which featured stained-glass windows from a 1914 edition, stood here for 50 years. The present structure was built in 1978.
With the foundation of a rich heritage, today’s 4th Avenue Church continues to strive to glorify God and be the hands and feet of Jesus as its members serve the Franklin community.