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Near French Camp in Attala County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Bethel Mission

 
 
Bethel Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
1. Bethel Mission Marker
Inscription. About half a mile northwesterly, Bethel, meaning “House of God” was opened in 1822 as one of thirteen Choctaw mission stations. Indians, slaves, and other men “labored hard during four weeks ... frequently till 10 o’clock at night, by the light of the moon or large fires” to clear the forest and erect the buildings.
     The missionaries who took the gospel to the wilderness also taught farming, carpentry, weaving, and housekeeping as well as reading, writing, and arithmetic to Choctaw and other area children. In 1826, people moved from the Trace to new road and Bethel was closed.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
 
Location. 33° 14.166′ N, 89° 26.391′ W. Marker is near French Camp, Mississippi, in Attala County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 176.3), 0.1 miles south of County Road 3122, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Cool MS 39108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cole Creek (approx. 0.6 miles away); Natchez Trace at French Camp (approx.
Bethel Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
2. Bethel Mission Marker
4.3 miles away); French Camp (approx. 4.4 miles away); Col. James Drane (approx. 4.5 miles away); Hurricane Creek (approx. 11.7 miles away); MFWC Birthplace (approx. 15.1 miles away); Jeff Busby Park (approx. 16 miles away); The Great Eastern Hardwood Forest (approx. 16 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in French Camp.
 
Also see . . .  Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
View to East Across Natchez Trace Parkway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
3. View to East Across Natchez Trace Parkway
View to Southwest image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 5, 2015
4. View to Southwest
Marker is on left (east) side of parkway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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