Near Covington in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
A Brief History
Organization of the Presbyterian Church is noted as 1834 and construction on the brick church began in 1845. The bricks were made on the nearby Haynes plantation and carried in saddlebags on horseback to this site.
The architecture of the church carries the Scotch-Irish style plain and sturdy.
The church was originally called “the church by the springs” and served all the surrounding communities and denominations. It is the mother church to other churches in the communities of Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Rich Patch and Low Moor. The church served as a hospital for the sick and wounded during the Civil War and there are twelve Confederate soldiers buried in the graveyard.
Regular services were held at the church with many changes in the number of attendance and denominations, until December 23, 1963.
Low Moor Presbyterian Church is the caretaker of the church and holds a homecoming celebration each year.
Location. 37° 48.123′ N, 79° 51.614′ Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Covington VA 24426, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Presbyterian Church (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens (approx. 1.4 miles away); Douthat State Park (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Breckenridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Falling Spring Falls (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Road to the Kanawha (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Covington.
Also see . . . Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on August 22, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.