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Beecher Bible & Rifle Church

 
 

When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state. The Beecher Bible & Rifle Church was founded while Kansas was deciding whether it would be a free or slave state.

 

Tours are available upon request and church services are still  held on Sundays.

 

 

History

When the Kansas-Nebraska Bill passed in May 1854, it allowed Kansans to have a say about whether theirs would be a free or a slave state.

 

Many from outside the state came to Kansas to influence that decision. One group, known as the Connecticut-Kansas Colony, arrived with Sharps rifles and 25 Bibles provided by the congregation of Henry Ward Beecher, the well-known minister from Brooklyn, New York.

 

The colonists joined with earlier settlers and founded a church in Wabaunsee in late June 1857, now called the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.

 
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ADDRESS 1414 Lilac Ln
Wamego, KS 66547
 
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