Gibson Grove Church

Look across Seven Locks Road and you will see the wood facade of the Gibson Grove A.M.E Zion Church, associated with the African American settlement of Gibson Grove founded in the 1880s by former slaves.

The church was damaged by fire in 2004 and by a fallen tree in July 2015, and there are plans to reconstruct it. Built in 1923 to replace the original log church, the church is an excellent example of 20th century vernacular ecclesiastical architecture.

Mrs. Gibson, an ex-slave from Virginia, purchased the property and in 1898 gave a portion of her property to build the first Gibson Grove A.M.E Zion Church. The first members of the church were baptized in Cabin John Creek.

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Made possible through the Montgomery County Watershed Restoration and Outreach Grant program

funded through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund

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