Monday, November 30, 2009

Witter-Smith Chapel School, Madison County

Another from my brother.

This is a school - or was a school - and not a church, but letters spell out 'Witter-Smith Chapel.' There's also a sizable cemetery out back.

Jim figures the building is a hundred to a hundred and twenty years old. A sign says the school, the cemetery and the roadside park are on five acres donated to the Witter School District in 1871 by George W.R. Smith and Simeon Peter Smith. I found reference to the men on a genealogical site. George was Simeon's son. I read that the senior Smith died in 1863 and his son went on to build the schoolhouse some time after 1888, as well as a store and a post office.

I found no reference to a church at the site previous to the construction of the school, but my guess is there was one. If not, I'm at a loss to explain the graves and the chapel designation.

I'll bet that old oak could explain a thing or two.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oak Park Baptist, Little Rock

Built in 1976.
Destroyed by tornado in 1982.
Rebuilt shortly thereafter.

Happy Thanksgiving.

church web site

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

St. John's Episcopal, Fort Smith

Another photo from Brother Dub, although I suspect it was more for the foliage than the church.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Spring Creek Missionary Baptist, Madison

This humble little church is on the east side of Crowley's Ridge. There's only one stream nearby, so I guess Spring Creek is another name for Crow Creek.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Quinn Chapel A.M.E., Fort Smith

The multi-colored windows and the white outlining give this church a real eclectic look. It was built in 1917.