Diane Dixon has compiled historical information and photographs, as well as contacting former church members and their ancestors in advance of the Scaffold Lick Baptist Church’s 195th anniversary celebration on Oct. 13. Dixon, her husband Keith, left, her pastor David Culley and the rest of the congregation will celebrate with music, a pot luck and other presentations at the church, which is located about one mile north of Blocher on Polk Road. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Diane Dixon has compiled historical information and photographs, as well as contacting former church members and their ancestors in advance of the Scaffold Lick Baptist Church’s 195th anniversary celebration on Oct. 13. Dixon, her husband Keith, left, her pastor David Culley and the rest of the congregation will celebrate with music, a pot luck and other presentations at the church, which is located about one mile north of Blocher on Polk Road. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Five families formed a church together on Oct. 14, 1818. While the building has been replaced and families have come and gone, Scaffold Lick Baptist Church is still providing a place for families to worship.

Scaffold Lick is the 12th oldest church in Indiana and is a founding member of the Coffee Creek Association of churches, which it helped create in 1827.

The church received its name after a scaffold built in the trees for the men to hunt from and the salt deposits on the bank of a small stream where animals came to lick.

The congregation is in its fourth building. The first, a small log cabin, was built in 1818 and taken down for remodeling. The second building was blown down by "strong winds" in 1856, according to the church's written history.

The third building was built much larger than previous versions of the church. The 40- by 50-foot building had two doors at the front, one in back and several windows. That building lasted 91 years, before it burned down in 1949. A fourth building, the one that's standing today, was built later that year.

Diane Dixon, a member of Scaffold Lick, has been working for several months to organize a celebration for the church's 195th anniversary.

"I started back in April," she said. "I found out a lot about this place. It has a lot of history."

The special Sunday service begins at 9:30 a.m. with a Sunday school class, with a musical worship service immediately following at 10:30 a.m.

Dixon said singer songwriter and former church member Jody Staples-Fitzgibbon will be there to perform.

There will be a pitch-in lunch immediately following the service. Both events are open to the public. There will also be pictures taken outside the church.

Dixon said there will also be a video presentation of previous homecoming services in 1962 and 1970 for former members.