Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Virtual Tour of Lewisburg!

Join me on a virtual tour of the history of Presbyterianism in Lewisburg, West Virginia! I'm no professional videographer, and I was trying to recall things from memory in the midst of my excitement about seeing these things for the first time. So no doubt I got some details wrong. I haven't gone back to watch them, so I don't know for sure. I do know that I have a tendency to confuse Monroe and Mingo Counties, so if you hear me say Mingo, think Monroe.

Here I introduce the Old Stone Church, one of three "Cornerstone Churches" of Greenbrier Presbytery and the oldest church structure still in continuous use west of the Alleghenies.

Below we visit the Confederate Cemetery, where 95 soldiers were buried in a mass grave in 1865. The first video was from outside the cemetery. The second was after I discovered that I could get into the cemetery.

In the first video below I show where the location of Lewisburg Presbyterian Church first met in a log meeting house on what is now the Tuckwiller Farm. The current owners allowed the church to place an azimuth stone to mark the spot in the distance. If you like cows you'll like this video.  The second video shows the Rehoboth Methodist Church building which was built in the 1780's. Though not in use anymore, it shows what log meeting houses would have looked like back in the day.

Below is the Grigsby House, built prior to 1796 by the second pastor of the Old Stone Church. BTW, there is an "easter egg" of sorts in the video, based on something that Colin Reger said about one of the earlier videos. Can you find it?

Below is Frankford Cemetery, burial site of James Moore Brown and three of his children. Tragic story. Buy the Book.

Below is the Union Church in Monroe County. One of the three Cornerstone Churches of West Virginia Presbyterianism.

Below is the Spring Creek Church in Greenbrier County. One of the three Cornerstone Churches of West Virginia Presbyterianism.

Finally, below is a brief tour of the Old Stone Church Cemetery. It's almost like walking through a Boston cemetery. One gets a very similar sense of time and place.  

Thanks for joining me!  Keep your eyes open for my forthcoming book, Presbyterianism in West Virginia: A History. It will hopefully be out in May!

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