TOLAR TABERNACLE Tabernacles Such As This One Once Served An Important Function ...
Stockphoto ID: 3554571
File name: 20130421 - Texas (Travel)-B131543.JPG
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Description: TOLAR TABERNACLE Tabernacles such as this one once served an important function in communities throughout Texas and the southern United States . Prior to the advent of air conditioning , a place to comfortably hold outdoor gatherings was essential during hot summer days . Tabernacles served not just as the locations for revivals and other religious meetings , but were also used for weddings , reunions , homecomings , fairs , picnics and other community events . Although simple in construction , the tabernacle was much more durable than its forerunner , the brush arbor , which required periodic rebuilding or repair . The Tolar Tabernacle was constructed circa 1897 , and churches within the community contributed to the cost of the construction . While the community as a whole built and owned the tabernacle , trustees selected from local church congregations were chosen to manage the tabernacle association . In 1904 , Emma D . and J . P . Broughton sold the property on which the tabernacle stood to the association for the sum of $75 . 00 . The open air structure consists of a rafter system supported by timber posts and sawed lumber cross members . A hip roof of corrugated metal in ribbed panels shelters the site . Although use of the Tolar Tabernacle has declined through the years , it is still used as the location for community fish fries , and the annual Tolar School Homecoming has been held at the site since 1954 . Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 2009 Marker is Property of the State of Texas
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