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Shelton Church

This old stone church was a great achievement in it's time for our ancestors


This is one of the oldest pictures we have of the Shelton Church. The cant was produced by an amateur photographer who did not hold the camera level.

This stone church, built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, stands a mile or two West of the Shelton cemetery. It was close to the homes of Edward and Sarah West Morgan, Priscilla Morgan Radford, and many other of our Morgan and Radford ancestors.

The Shelton Church was eventually abandoned by the Mormon Church and sold. The interior was partitioned with plywood and for many years it was used as a makeshift living quarters. It stood empty during much of the 1970's. It was purchased in about the year 2000 by a private party who had an extensive and beautiful restoration done of the hardwood interior. About 2002 it was set up as a rental wedding chapel with the owner living inside. As of 2006 the parking lot on the north had been extended and it was still being used as a rental wedding chapel.

There is a wonderful story about the Shelton Church and one of our Moore ancestors. Willard Moore, who married Thomas Morgan's grand-daughter Annie, homesteaded about 2 miles East of where the Shelton Church was later built. Willard and Annie donated the land on the East side of their farm for the Shelton cemetery. Three generations later the Moore homestead was still in the Moore family and Alfred Moore was living there. He and his wife, Lucille Finn Moore, had been attending the Shelton Church for most of their lives. Alfred Moore was an irascible and cantankerous guy and he was fond of the old Shelton Church. So when the Mormon church decided to abandon the Shelton Church to move into a new building, Alfred swore he would never attend church again. And he never did.


This later picture of the Shelton Church may have been taken after the church passed into private ownership.

LDS Church Shelton Ward Relief Society 1933

Click on the link above to see a large picture of some of the members of the Shelton Ward in 1933.