Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Old Methodist Episcopal Church - Smithland, Kentucky

While not the oldest religious presence in Smithland, Kentucky, the Methodist Episcopal Church has been there at least since the 1840s. In 1848, the trustees of Smithland conveyed part of inlot #113 on Mill Street to H.C. Hodge, H.F. Given, John H. Wood, B.O. Thrift and H.A. Harman, trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for 99 years in order that they could "build or cause to be erected a house or place of worship for the use of the members of the church."[1]

The church suffered through the  years - from a devastating fire in the 1880s and rebuilding to the 1937 flood which saw water almost to the roof of the church.[2] The church was later sold to the Church of Christ, which held services there for a number of years. The church is now empty and is privately  owned. It is not open to the public.

The church was photographed 8 November 2017.

[1] Livingston County, Kentucky Deed Book HH:633, recorded 31 October 1848.
[2] Faye Tramble Teitloff. Images of America  Livingston County, (Arcadia Publishing, 2009) 40.

Published 14 November 2017, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

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