Sacred Heart Church formerly Rodney Catholic Church | Built c. 1868 in Jefferson County, MC | Relocated to Claiborne County, MS
Once located in the now ghost town of Rodney, MS, this church served a community of European immigrants in a Mississippi river town. They came here for guidance, solace, celebration, community and even education- in the late 1870s it served as a school as well. But over the years, fires, floods, and the fall out from the Civil War relegated the town to a memory of the booming place it once was.
By the 1930s, Rodney was largely abandoned and by 1957, there were only 7 congregants left on the register at Rodney Catholic Church. Due to the decline in the towns residents and church attendance, the Natchez-Jackson Diocese deeded the property to the Rodney Foundation February of 1969.
Luckily for us and for our future generations, the Rodney Foundation donated the building to the State of Mississippi and in 1983 and they moved it to Grand Gulf Military Park nearby in Port Gibson, MS. At this point, it was lovingly restored for use as a non-denominational chapel.
In 1985, it was declared a Mississippi Historic Landmark and in 1987, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is cared for by the park which maintains a collection of original historic buildings that have been relocated here from different corners of the state.
Today, the church is known as Sacred Heart Church and is open to visitors when Grand Gulf Military Park is open.
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