The property on which this beautiful old church stands, was first used prior to 1813, as a meeting site for various denominations of worship. In 1813, a log structure was erected for indoor worship. During this time and until 1845, the property was used as a site for religious meetings or revivals, which lasted two to four weeks at a time. Most of those who traveled for the revivals slept in wagons or under tents that some brought to the site. These revivals only existed during the warmer months of the year until a larger church could be erected.
In 1845, the present brick structure was built by various members of the church and others in the community, who made the bricks, hewed the wood and cut the stone which still exists today. The church then became known as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The log structure was then removed and used as a home by church member John Vance.
Two unique features of this church are that they built the structure allowing for doors at the rear that were used by the Slaves who had a congregation of around thirty people. In 1880, a remodeling took place and the doors were changed to a single entrance door. The other is that they donated a portion of the Cemetery for the burial of the slaves. There are no markers or records that have been found about them.
The interior of the church remains as it was in 1904, when a small remodel of the church was done. The ceiling beams, window frames, altar and one of two original candle chandeliers is still in use. Three hand-made high back chairs that date to the original brick church sit on the altar, one for the preacher and the others for the deacons or guests.
In 1955, an addition for Sunday School and a church office was erected, which is attached on the right rear of the church.
There is far too much history regarding the church to be added to this site and it is available at the church for viewing.
A project of numbering and identifying each burial at the cemetery was begun in 2008 and finished in 2010. There are now 664 + burials with 17 + unknown burials. A book has been prepared with these names and with some family histories included. This project was a huge undertaking for those involved. A great deal of gratitude is owed to Sam & Janet Merideth, Faye Merideth, Lyle Hensley, Don Burris & Jann Grimes who took on this valuable project to preserve the heritage which is attached to this site.
Thanks to Don Burris for the writing of the major portion of this description.
GPS Coordinates: 37.05152, -86.37909
- Added: 14 Apr 2009
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2301596
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