SOUTH MOUNTAIN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
On August 5, 1835, George Hight, wishing to make a much needed religious contribution to his community, donated two and one-half acres of land to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, namely: James Cash, Howell G. Humphries, John Kiger, John Allbright, George Hight, David Shewey, and Frederick Allbright. This land was located near the top, on the eastern slope of South Mountain, in the eastern corner of Rockbridge County, and was to be used for a church site and a graveyard. The first church was built of logs. George Hight died August21, 1837, and was buried in this graveyard, under a large tree. The Historical Society placed a marker over his grave a few years ago.
South Mountain Church was first on the Lexington Circuit and a report was made of $3.50 on the preacher's salary, for the Conference Year of 1835. In 1837 they paid $28.56 -- Rev. John C. Lynn was preacher in charge.
The Fairfield Circuit was formed in 1849 which included South Mountain, Emory Chapel and Whites Gap (Marvin).
South Mountain, with George Hight as its leader, cast its lot with the Northern branch of the church and did a good work for many years. As George Hight, with all the other older members, passed on to their reward, the church was neglected for the want of a leader, as well as a preacher.
About 1870 the Southern Branch of the Methodist Episcopal Church built a small frame church on the south side of the road, on top of the mountain where the road forks to the Irish Creek road. This church thrived for many years under the leadership of Robert S. Hite, a local preacher and great grandson of George Hite.
GPS Coordinates: 37.88838, -79.15447
- Added: 20 Aug 2007
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2228540
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