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June 27, 2014

Historical Society exhibit spotlights county's enduring churches

The Madison County Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Active Madison County Churches Over 100 Years Old,” opened June 16 and runs until July 30.

The exhibit in Anderson features pictures, newspaper clippings, books, old directories and more artifacts from churches that are more than a century old and still open.

The Historical Society’s genealogy department puts together an exhibit every year, organizer Lucretia Lawler said. Some past displays have focused on families and Civil War veterans, and the department saw an opportunity with the old churches.

“I think it’d be a surprise because so many of the churches are still so active, (and they’re) up to or over 100 years old,” she said. “Not many places have that, as far as I know.”

Lawler said Madison County has more than 60 churches that are more than century old and still active.

The oldest church featured in the exhibit is Pendleton First United Methodist Church, which dates back to 1823. Others include Lapel Trinity United Methodist Church in 1828, Anderson First Presbyterian in 1851 and South Meridian Church of God in 1905.

The exhibit at the Madison County Historical Society is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. “Active Madison County Churches Over 100 Years Old” closes July 30.

Admission to the exhibit is free.

— Kelly Dickey, The Herald Bulletin

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