Saturday, January 04, 2014

Missionary Baptist Church Cades Cove on the loop road

Stop number six on the Cades Cove loop road is the Missionary Baptist Church. You will pass Rich Mountain Road on your right and Hyatt Lane on your left. Both of these are two way roads. The Missionary Baptist Church in Cades Cove is on your left. It sits directly on the road. You won't miss it.

History
A sign on the building tells you that the church was founded in 1839. The existing structure that visitors now see came about much later. Sources vary on the actual construction date.

Like the other churches in Cades Cove, the Missionary Baptist Church suffered during the Civil War. It was deemed too dangerous to gather at the church. Instead, smaller worship services were likely held in homes until after the war.

Features
Unlike some Baptist churches of the time, this one has a center aisle and one entrance door. A large bay window at the front of the church allows light in and adds beauty to the Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church. The window made construction more difficult and is an unusual feature even today.

Cemetery
Visitors often enjoy strolling through the cemetery. Some of the first pioneers to Cades Cove are buried here. A path around the cemetery is marked. Visitors should stick to the approved walkway.

From here, we will continue on our journey to the Cooper Road Trail and the Elijah Oliver Place. In the meantime, if you missed it, you can go back and read about the Methodist Church in Cades Cove by clicking here.