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A Brief History of Little River Church

 

Beginning;

Scots seeking religious freedom, settled this area in the late 1700’s. Worship services began around 1755, led by visiting missionaries from northern Scotch- Irish communities. In 1761, Little River Presbyterian Church was organized without a building or an ordained minister.

 

Buildings:

Land was given by Mr. William Murdock. On it, at a site north east of the present facility, the congregation knelt and prayed. Reverend Patillo rose, and with the words,

“In the name of God, I commence this work.” Thus began construction of a log church. The broad axe he used is now preserved at Montreat.

 

The log building burned and was later replaced by a frame one on the same site. Between 1889 and 1893, during the pastorate of the Reverend Wilhelm, the current church sanctuary was erected. It has since been remodeled. A fellowship hall and manse were built later. Additional educational and office facilities were added in 1993.

 

Camp meetings:

Beginning in the 1800’s, camp meetings were held across the road from the present site. The pulpit was a double oak tree along the path leading to the spring.

 

The record of one such meeting reads:

“family worship at sunrise, social prayer meeting at 9:00 a.m. in the church. Regular public worship at 11:00 a.m.: intermission of one hour, and then another service. The afternoons were spent in attending to necessary business, friendly and religious conversations, and in private and concert prayers for special blessings. There were services again at night… many souls were bought out of darkness into the marvelous light and liberty of the gospel.

 

 

 


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