Moss Hill Church

The Moss Hill Church, also known as the Moss Hill Methodist Church and now the Moss Hill United Methodist Church, is located near Vernon in Washington County, Florida, in the United States. The Holmes Valley Methodist Mission was established in 1821–1825. The church was built in 1857.[1]

Moss Hill Church
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Moss Hill Church is located in Florida
Moss Hill Church
Moss Hill Church is located in the United States
Moss Hill Church
Nearest cityVernon
Coordinates30°35′2″N 85°40′40″W / 30.58389°N 85.67778°W / 30.58389; -85.67778Coordinates: 30°35′2″N 85°40′40″W / 30.58389°N 85.67778°W / 30.58389; -85.67778
NRHP reference No.83003554
Added to NRHPNovember 7, 1983
Exterior of Moss Hill Church
Interior of Moss Hill Church

Moss Hill Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places of the United States.


The construction of the church is from heart of pine wood (the center of a pine tree, saturated with sap). This wood also is known in the West Florida dialect as "Fat Lighter". The term "fat" refers to the saturated sap. The term "Lighter" refers to "lighting" or "burning"; as small spikes of this special wood can be used to begin combustion. Upon aging, the wood becomes very strong, impervious to termites or water damage.

The altar area of the church was constructed by the Roche Family, early settlers to Holmes Valley, Florida.

The church is still in existence today.