Rodney Presbyterian Church

Rodney Presbyterian Church is a historic church in Alcorn, Mississippi.

Rodney Presbyterian Church
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Rodney Presbyterian Church is located in Mississippi
Rodney Presbyterian Church
Rodney Presbyterian Church is located in the United States
Rodney Presbyterian Church
Nearest cityAlcorn, Mississippi
Coordinates31°51′46″N 91°11′59″W / 31.8628°N 91.1998°W / 31.8628; -91.1998Coordinates: 31°51′46″N 91°11′59″W / 31.8628°N 91.1998°W / 31.8628; -91.1998
Area22 acres (8.9 ha)
Built1832
NRHP reference No.73001018[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 6, 1973

HistoryEdit

Plantation owner and millionaire David Hunt (1779-1861), also known as "King David," donated the land upon which the church was built.[2] Presbyterian Reverend Jeremiah Chamberlain began the building of the church in 1829. And Speaking of Which

The church building was built from 1829 to 1832 in the Federal architectural style.[3][4][5] It was built with red bricks, "rounded archives, "a stepped gable" and "an octagonal bell tower."[4]

The church played a specific role during the American Civil War of 1861-1865. Indeed, on Sunday, September 13, 1863, Reverend Baker invited crew members of the Union USS Rattler gunboat to attend his service.[4][5] However, Confederates burst into the church to arrest them.[4][5] When other Union crew members found out about the Confederate violation of Sunday truce, they fired a cannonball at the church, which damaged its front wall.[4][5] The damage is still visible to this day.[4][5]

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Dunbar Hunt, "Sketch of David Hunt," Fayette, Mississippi: The Fayette Chronicle, 29 May 1908, Volume XLI, Number 35 [1]
  3. ^ Sherry Pace, Historic Churches of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 2007, p. xi [2]
  4. ^ a b c d e f Jim Fraiser, Mississippi River Country Tales: A Celebration of 500 Years of Deep South History, Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, 2000, p. 96 [3]
  5. ^ a b c d e June Davis Davidson, Country Stores of Mississippi, The History Press, 2014, pp. 93-94 [4]