Follow the green arrows on the signs as you walk
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church cherishes strong traditions as one of the community’s earliest congregations; the land was set aside by Massillon’s founder, James Duncan—a signer of the church constitution and a member of its first vestry.
The first church was started in 1836, but construction was stalled by the financial panic of 1837. Consecrated in 1843, it served the parish until Christmas Day, 1892. The cornerstone for the present building was laid the following year. Until the parish hall was ready, the congregation worshiped in Grace Chapel, St. Timothy’s Wellman Avenue mission for African Americans. Stalled by another national financial panic, the second church building was consecrated on New Year’s Eve, 1899.
The Gothic building, built of locally quarried sandstone, is highlighted by Tiffany windows and an awe-inspiring Schantz organ. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Here’s a surprising chapter of this church’s history: for decades there was a rifle range in the basement below the nave, or seating area of the church. Built for the St. Timothy’s Boy Scout troop, it was also used by the Massillon Police Department.
St. Timothy’s has been the church home of Coach Paul Brown, actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Congressmen John G. Warwick and Ralph Regula, women’s rights leader Caroline McCullough Everhard, and U.S. Ambassador Robert Peet Skinner.
Directions: Continue walking south two blocks on Third Street Southeast to the corner of South Street where you can see another historic house of worship, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.