Thursday, April 24, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Woodbine Baptist Church

Okay, I confess.  I'm a little biased when it comes to Woodbine Church and its adjacent cemetery.  As mentioned in my blog post on Easter, the land was given for the New-School Baptist Church in 1875 by an ancestor of mine, Levi C. Lynn*, who may also have been one of its first pastors.

Woodbine Church is active to this day, with Sunday services at 10:30 a.m.  The original 1875 "little church" is available for special occasions.

Woodbine Church as it was in the early 1980's
(photo from the Virginia Historic Lands Survey Report)

 The original Woodbine Baptist Church, a frame, single-room building built in 1875, was restored in 1973.

Original Woodbine Baptist Church (1875) in 1973, before Restoration

Woodbine Baptist Church (the "Little Church")  in 2014
(photo by C.Lynn)
(photo by C.Lynn)

*Apparently, Levi was a busy man.  He was the first schoolmaster of Woodbine School, a one-room school  just down the road from the church that he founded.  There is some speculation that the little community of Woodbine in Independent Hill was named for Levi's home and farm, which was named -- can you guess? -- Woodbine!

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