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"Flow Gently, Sweet Afton"

 
 
"Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
1. "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" Marker
Inscription.  The music for this song was composed by Jonathan Edwards Spilman in 1836. He entered the ministry in 1858 and became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in 1881. This church had been organized by his brother Benjamin F. Spilman on November 25, 1827, and was the first church in Carmi.
 
Erected 1965 by White County Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionEntertainment. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 25, 1827.
 
Location. 38° 5.453′ N, 88° 9.734′ W. Marker is in Carmi, Illinois, in White County. Marker is on 1st Street north of Stewart Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 1st St, Carmi IL 62821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bell of St. Johns (within shouting distance of this marker); Ratcliff Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carmi's Oldest House
"Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, July 23, 2021
2. "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" Marker
Marker is in front of the First Presbyterian Church.
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Conger House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Prairie Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Former Site of Big Prairie United Methodist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Southern Illinois College (approx. 9½ miles away); The First Presbyterian Church In Illinois (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carmi.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sweet Afton on Wikipedia. The song is about the Afton River in Scotland. (Submitted on July 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. Jonathan E. Spilman on Wikipedia. Spilman (1812-1896) was a Kentucky lawyer, minister and composer. He was married to U.S. President Zachary Taylor's niece for 21 years up until her death. (Submitted on July 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Dec. 8, 2022