From Leesville, take LA Hwy. 8 west toward Texas. Turn north onto LA Hwy. 111 in Burr Ferry, and go approximately 8.5 miles. Turn right at the lumberyard onto Beech Grove Loop Road (there is a
church sign on the right side of the road). Beech Grove Congregational Methodist Church is located .2 miles on the left, and the large, fenced, well-maintained cemetery is located behind the church.
In the rear center of the cemetery there is a large area with many old, hand-made concrete markers, approximately 6" x 18" in size, that were typically used many years ago. Some of these stones have been replaced by new markers, and those that remain are extremely eroded and almost unreadable. In cases where the information was difficult or impossible to ascertain, verification was made from an earlier version of cemetery inscriptions (1st publication of Vernon Cemetery Inscriptions in 1978). Inscriptions were copied 10 March 1995 by Jane P. McManus, and updated 26 September 1995.
Beech Grove Congregational Methodist Church was founded ca 1850. The exact date is not established because the first records were lost. The first pastor was Rev. J. M. Franklin. Church was organized in 1866. It was so named because it was located in the midst of a grove of beech trees. There were 5 buildings, the first two were made of pine logs and was located near Sandy Creek. These structures also served as the school. The 3rd & 4th buildings were made from pine lumber, and the 5th of concrete blocks. Early pastors were Sam Holiday, ? Leggett, A. J. Smith, Robert Wright, Pinkney Daily, J. W. Ragan, & A. D. Ashby.
By Jane Parker McManus
GPS Coordinates: 31.1675, -93.4975
- Added: 1 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #66956
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