Near Tompkinsville in Monroe County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Back in the Woods
Older cemeteries in Kentucky, and especially church cemeteries, were developed around several Christian customs concerning the second coming of Christ. The most common was for graves to face the east, which allowed the dead to be facing the eastern sky during the resurrection. In addition cemeteries were normally filled from the eastern boundary to the western, so the first to die would be the first to arise. A cemetery on a hill would be filled from the top to the bottom, so the first to die were
Ancient burial grounds and primitive structures are not protected from the natural regeneration of the Kentucky hardwood forest. Slowly and quite deliberately, Mother Nature will reclaim what was hers. All that remains of the first cemetery are chunks of fieldstone, depressions of numerous graves and a great deal of vinca. There are no records to indicate how many people were buried there. A noted Monroe County genealogist believes that hundreds of people were buried at Old Mulkey within the two sections of cemetery. Due to the lack of early death records and the burning of our courthouse during the Civil War, it would be impossible to prove his theory.
Sometime prior to 1955 the Edwin Steen family of Gamaliel placed a large
Just beyond the monument you will begin to hear the rippling of the church's namesake, the Mill Creek. When asked why the church was built here, park staff point visitors to that creek. While there is no documented evidence of a site selection committee, there is documented evidence that the church required immersion for baptism.
Though you may find water in the creek at the end of the park road or flowing from the park spring these sources combined could not supply enough water for the work of the church. However, the Mill Creek could. In fact, after this congregation split, the smaller group which continued as Mill Creek Baptist Church built upstream just a short distance from here. They continued to use the Mill Creek for baptizing until 1998.
Photo caption: Memorial to Art, Elmira, Peggy, and Gemima Jackson.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion.
Location. 36° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Old Mulkey Park Rd, Tompkinsville KY 42167, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African Americans and Mill Creek, Baptist (a few steps from this marker); James & Mary Howard Chism (a few steps from this marker); William & Jane Hart Howard (a few steps from this marker); The Meetinghouse (within shouting distance of this marker); William & Jane (Hart) Howard (within shouting distance of this marker); Ephraim Dicken (within shouting distance of this marker); Five Generations of Gospel Preachers (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tompkinsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.