Saturday, December 27, 2008

College Hill Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

The building that houses College Hill Presbyerian Church was completed in 1846 and gets credit for being the oldest church in Lafayette County. Actually, the church itself was organized even earlier, in 1835, when Scotch-Irish settlers began meeting in the home of Alexander Shaw. The bricks used in constructing the church building were fired on site, and the pulpit, pews and pew gates are original furnishings. It is a beautiful church in a beautiful location.

During the Civil War, thousands of Grant's troops camped here in the College Hill area, and behind the main cemetery of the church are several unmarked graves of Union soldiers.

You might be surprised to learn that William Faulkner was married in this church.

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