History Abundant In Rural Churches

Local Congregations Hold More Than 100 Years of History

Posted: December 25, 2013 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO DAVID GOTTSCHALK Bobby R. Braly, left, Historic Cane Hill executive director, stands Tuesday with T.A. Sampson, a church elder and Cane Hill resident, inside the Cane Hill Presbyterian Church as he describes the church’s history and the history of surrounding structures in Cane Hill. The Presbyterian Church was built in 1891.

Church buildings were a community center on the Arkansas frontier and in Northwest Arkansas some of the early buildings and congregations live on. Church demographics have changed, and as people move to larger population areas, the historic buildings are in danger of being forgotten, historians said.

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