Primitive Baptist Church by Gary L   Suddath

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The Baptist Church in the Cove was organized in 1827.In 1836 William Tipton gave the church a half acre where it stands now. A log structure was built and served the church until 1887, when the present frame building was built. In 1839 some of the members spilt off over a disagreement about missions and formed the Missionary Baptist Church. During the Civil War from 1862 to 1865 the church stopped having services. They were pro Union and a lot of the Cove folk were pro Confederate. It was also unsafe to be to far from home as renegade soldiers, who plundered for themselves, would sweep thru the Cove from time to time. The congregation’s members used this building up to the 1970’s. One of the more festive events was “footwashing” this would be an all day or several days event…….The Primitive Baptist Church is located on a short side road off to the left of Cades Cove Loop Road, GSMNP


  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryover 6 years ago

    Great tones! Lovely capture and words.

  • Lisa Taylor
    Lisa Taylorover 6 years ago

    Love this! Things were made much simpler back then, weren’t they?

  • photosbylefty
    photosbyleftyover 6 years ago

    this is very nice Gary!

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 6 years ago

    Another of your fine works of ART…

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 6 years ago

    wonderful as always!

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 years ago

    A beautiful stunning capture, Gary.

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3over 6 years ago


  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    Very beautiful shot

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosover 6 years ago

    It may be primitive but I’m sure it’s very functional and has certainly stood the test of time, well captured Gary and your description makes fascinating reading,there is a descriptions group who would welcome your work described as well as this,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Very nice Gary I like the tone so approiate for this !

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