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"Christmas at Hebron"

December 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"Christmas at Hebron"

 

Good Sunday morning everyone!

I introduce to you Hebron Methodist Church, the oldest Methodist church in continuous use in North Carolina.

 

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The following is a little history on the historic church and the man responsible for its construction:


According to Findagrave.com, Henry Fitts III was born in 1778 and died 1847 and was a farmer, land owner, merchant and State Senator. He and Benjamin Riggan were partners in Fitts & Riggan, Merchants. Henry was also known as a "doctor," though self-taught and his practice included his family and neighbors. He was also a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

He obtained the title of County Trustee from 1802-1808 and was named as guardian to at least ten minor children and more importantly became a State Senator in 1809.

At his death in 1847, he owned several tracts.


Mr. Fitts, in the course of his preaching, acquired the honored title of Reverend. With the help of Nathan Milam, John E. Twitty, John Boyd and other men of the community, built Hebron Methodist Church to replace the original log structure. Jacob Holt, a Virginia builder, designed the simple Greek Revival architectural elements much later as an addition to the original contruction. Hebron United Methodist Church is the oldest Methodist Church in continuous use in North Carolina and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places.

The church is located seven miles east of Wise and is on Wise Five Fork Road in Oakville, NC.

 


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