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Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church

 
 
Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
1. Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  Beginning in the 1830s, disagreement over doctrine caused a split in the Baptist faith. Some Baptists wished to retain the teachings of the “old school,” favoring a more strict interpretation of the Bible. Disputes arose over the subjects of Sunday schools, theological seminaries, and the missionary movement which was becoming popular. They felt that missions took the preaching of the Gospel out of the hands of the Church. In September of 1850, fourteen members of the Little River Baptist Church left that congregation to form Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church. The deed to the property was obtained in December of 1850, and the Federal-style building was completed in 1851. The original section of the cemetery wall was built in 1853. Meetings were at Mt. Zion on the fourth Sunday of each month, and the preachers (who were called “elders”) were shared by other Old School Baptist churches in the area. Men and women entered the church through separate front doors. Women sat on the right side and men on the left. At a time when racial segregation was the norm, slave and free black members of the congregation entered through
Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
2. Elders of the Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church Marker
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separate side doors and worshipped in the balcony. Services continued at Mt. Zion until 1980. The church trustees transferred the building and property, excluding the cemetery; to the County of Loudoun in 1999. The County began restoration of the church in 2007, assisted bv the Mt. Zion Church Preservation Association. In 2009. Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority acquired the site and currently offers programs, guided tours, and living history events.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 38° 57.817′ N, 77° 36.564′ W. Marker is in Aldie, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. 50) and Watson Road (Virginia Route 860), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 40319 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Leesburg VA 20175, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mt. Zion Historic Park (here, next to this marker); The Fog of War (a few steps from this marker); The Mosby-Forbes Engagement July 6, 1864 (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Zion Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Zion Cemetery
Robert Leachman<br>1850 to 1869 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
3. Robert Leachman
1850 to 1869
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(within shouting distance of this marker); This is Gilbert's Corner! (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Gilbert's Corner Regional Park (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldie.
 
More about this marker. At Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church
 
Joseph L. Purington<br>1869 to 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
4. Joseph L. Purington
1869 to 1874
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J. N. Badger<br>1876 to 1913 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
5. J. N. Badger
1876 to 1913
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Horace H. Lefferts<br>1917 to 1949 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
6. Horace H. Lefferts
1917 to 1949
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John D. Wood<br>1949 to 1980 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 12, 2017
7. John D. Wood
1949 to 1980
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Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church (1851) image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 21, 2016
8. Mount Zion Old School Baptist Church (1851)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on April 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on June 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on June 20, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 16, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   8. submitted on April 24, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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