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Monday, September 13, 2010

Methodist Church and Cemetery, Cades Cove, TN

This past Thursday, on a very cloudy day, George and I again drove to Cades Cove to check out the gravel road between Cades Cove and Townsend --over Rich Mountain. Before we went up the mountain, we stopped at another church in Cades Cove, the Methodist Church.

J. D. Mc Campbell, a blacksmith and carpenter, built a church, in the 1820's, in 115 days for $115. He later served many years as its minister. The congregation started in a log building, which lasted until they built this church in 1902.

Above is a picture of the little church taken from the cemetery beside it. Below are more.

Several of you have asked us to take more 'inside' pictures when we visit different places. SO--we did it for YOU, even though it was dark in there!!!! This picture shows the inside of the little church. There were several rows of pews, an altar/pulpit and even a piano... That's George standing there on the right!

Of course, I had to check out the pulpit.... BUT--luckily, I didn't start preaching... ha (See the old upright piano on the left?)

As we walked around the cemetery, this stone caught my attention... Look at it carefully... This family lost 3 baby boys in 3 years. How sad.

I couldn't read any words which may have been printed on this one, other than the word, MOTHER. BUT--I loved seeing the heart.

Another infant death; there were so many back then... What caught my attention here was the little lamb. Sweet, huh? And I loved those words at the bottom.

Finally, this is a picture of the front of the little Methodist Church. NOTE the two doors entering the church... This usually indicates that the church follows the custom of men sitting on one side and women on the other... But--I read that this church did not follow that custom. It seems that the church borrowed the building plans of another church that did divide its congregation by gender. Interesting, huh????

Hope you enjoyed seeing another one of the little churches in Cades Cove. In tomorrow's blog, I will show you this little church from up on Rich Mountain.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had 3 inches of rain on Saturday (YEAH RAH)---and Sunday was a PERFECT day in Tennessee (mild temperatures, gorgeous blue skies).... What can I say???? Life is GOOD!!!