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Article from Florence Times dated July 4, 1976 ~Our Country's 200 year Centennial`
July 4, 1976 Times Daily News Paper
By Mary Jane McDaniel
Tabernacle Methodist church and Cemetery, Greenhill, is located on a beautiful tree-shaded knoll.
According to one local tradition the site was used first as an early camp ground for religious meetings.
Another view is that it may have first been the Hill family cemetery, and the church developed around that.
The first simple log church on the site was built perhaps between 1830 and 1840. Among the first ministers was the Rev. Henry Hill (1776-1850), whose ordination certification was recorded in the Lauderdale County Court House in 1829.
When this first building burned, another log one replaced it. The second one burned about 1869.
Local folk say that an unattended fireplace may have caused the destruction.
The present Tabernacle Methodist Church was constructed in 1869. At this time George Kennedy gave the Church legal title to the land. Henry A. Killen and others in the community furnished the materials. The Rev. Henry R. Hill did a large part of the actual work and was also the firs t minister of the new church.
Today the simple white frame church is used only for funerals and memorial services. Loyal supporters are slowly restoring the building, and they have completed most of the outside restoration. The church still contains some of the simple, hand-made, unfinished pews. It also contains some furnishings from Ebenezer Methodist Church, near Centerhill, which no longer in existence.
The adjoining cemetery is of special interest historically. The oldest marked grave is that of Catherine Hill who died in 1825 when she was 24. Her husband, Green Berry, who served in the Mexican War, was buried next to her in 1852. An interesting local tradition is that the Greenhill community was named for him.
An interesting stone slab in the ground marks the burial place of Captain John Chisholm (1779-1861) who served in the Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812 and the Mexican war.
LeMasters, a blacksmith, may have conducted the first post office in the area in his home.
There are also numerous graves marked only by pieces of rough stone. Whatever may have been written on them has long since faded away.
Despite the age of Tabernacle cemetery, it is in remarkably good condition and shows regular careful attention.