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Visit Moss Hill Methodist Church Handprints



Ancient church constructed with a special wood that preserves prints from the past.

The building is without electricity, lighted instead by kerosene lamps scattered along the walls and hanging from the ceiling. Reportedly, the church is so old that it was only the second structure in the county to be constructed with glass windows.

The property that the church sits on also holds a cemetery that houses several Confederate graves, including that of a man who lived for 125 years, from 1838 until 1963.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Moss Hill Methodist Church is most famous for the wood used in its construction. Built of lumber milled from pine heartwood (also known as “Fat Literd” in the West Florida dialect), the sticky resin on the new lumber captured the hand, finger, and foot prints of those handling it. Visitors can walk in and see the footprints of children and hand prints of the carpenters who built the church in 1857. As it ages, this wood grows stronger, impervious to both water damage and nesting termites.