This church was organized in the 1820s with services held in a log building until the building of this structure. The Methodists were not as numerous as the dominant Baptists here, and often depended on a circuit riding preacher. Another church, Hopewell Methodist, is marked only by a cemetery today was across the cove. The Civil War caused division in the church so several started going to Hopewell.

In 1902 this structure and its furnishings were reportedly the work of one man. J. D. McCampbell, a blacksmith and carpenter, built it in 115 days of $115. Afterward, he became its preacher for many years.

The two doors are a result of the plans used to build this structure. In some churches ladies and children entered through the left door, and men through the right one. A divider separated the two groups, causing frustration among courting couples. They are no indication they practiced this separation here.


appalachia, appalachian, architecture, cades, calming, church, cove, faith, faithful, folk, forefathers, frontier, great, hill, historic, historical, history, methodist, mountains, national, park, peaceful, pioneer, plank, primitive, quite, relax, relaxing, religion, religious, rural, rustic, sepia, serene, serenity, settlers, smokies, smoky, smokys, solitude, steeple, structure, suddath, tennessee, tin, wooden


  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 6 years ago

    Clean simple architecture! Love the light and shadows. Really interesting reading about the reason for the two doors! We have come a long way socially in a relatively short time!

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...about 6 years ago

    well i never knew there was segragation of sexes in church

    love the shadows on the building
    great shot

  • Kevin Price
    Kevin Priceabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely spectacular!!!! This is one of the best photographs I have seen in a long time, including any of mine. Great job.

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 6 years ago

    I love the muted colours, Gary! Adds a sense of peace! What a beautiful iittle church!

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, simple and beautiful!

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutabout 6 years ago

    Great find… so simple and yet holds so much history.

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful composition and beautiful tonal quality in this shot! Excellent work Gary!!

  • AnnieG
    AnnieGabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition and now I know what church it is-LOL

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaabout 6 years ago

    Wow- very beautiful , soft color tones. This is really good work Gary!

  • jlynn
    jlynnabout 6 years ago

    As always the composition is right on,, the light and shadows are fantastic! Excellent:)

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait