|New Hope Road|
Central (Lauderdale County)
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
VISIONS OF LAUDERDALE COUNTY, PAST AND PRESENT, pp 38-39
The New Hope Methodist Church began in a brush arbor in the Central community, but the date was never recorded. By 1832 a frame building had been erected on the hill where the "old" New Hope Cemetery is now located. This church was made of logs, puncheon floors, split log pews and had a stick and dirt chimney. Nearby was a fenced-in shed for hot weather services, and a spring of water was located across the road where camp meetings were often held. (Clara Jordan recalled to her daughter memories of her family's taking food and other supplies, including live chickens, to camp at the spring during the one or two-week-long camp revivals held even into the early 1900's.) This first church may have also been used as a school, for one historian mentions occasional spelling matches at the church. Throughout the years there have been four church buildings at three different locations. Members tell that during the Civil War guns were stacked at the back of the church while worship services were being conducted.