Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Little Church

There is a beautiful little white board church located on Highway 321 in Wears Valley.

For most of the 19th century, funerals in Wears Valley were held at Headrick Cemetery, near the valley's western entrance. A large oak tree provided shelter for funeral-goers, although cold weather and rain often made it apparent for a building in which to conduct indoor services. In 1902, according to local lore, the oak tree was destroyed by lightning, and in response, the residents erected Headrick Chapel on the cemetery's grounds.

The chapel was shared by four Baptist and Methodist congregations, with funeral services having priority. The chapel's bell would ring once for every year of the deceased's life, a tradition still observed by the inhabitants of Wears Valley. Inside the church the wooden pews show years of wear. There is a heater located midway in the building and the choir seating consists of cane bottom chairs. The pulpit is covered with a lace doily and contains a large Bible.

In 2001, Headrick Chapel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.





















































































I love little old churches.

1 comment:

SarahKL said...

Donna - your photo's are AMAZING. Seriously beautiful.