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Near Arkadelphia in Clark County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)

Hollywood Methodist Church

Hollywood Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 23, 2021
1. Hollywood Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  As settlers began arriving in this area around 1812, the need for religious services became a top priority among the residents. Brush arbor meetings were held every summer. Soon a log structure was built along the creek that marked the beginning of the Methodist Church. Farrah Newberry, Editor of the Southern Standard, said on September 22, 1912, Mrs. Ephraim (Elviria Huckleberry Holder) Parks, age 79. Joined the Hollywood Methodist Church in 1854. The church was located about 3/4 mile from here. The log structure served as church and school. In 1855, Ira and Margaret Bridges donated land for building a church nearer the military road. A log structure was built the following year at the present site. Trustees were J.M. Moore, Dudley Spence, William J. Spence, W.B. Moore, William P. Pullen, Lewis Thomas, and H.W. Balch. In 1904, another church was built on the site. In 1925, fire destroyed the church and most of the town. Within three months, thanks to the fundraising efforts led by Charlie Etchieson, Urb Bridges, and J.C. McAnally, the present church was built. At the dedication on June 1, 1925, a writer for the Siftings Herald called the new
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building "One of the finest rural church edifices in the county." 500 people attended the all-day celebration. Over the years, several improvements have been made including the fellowship hall in 2001 and a steeple in 2005. The bell hanging in the beautiful rock tower was purchased by John D. Hart in 1894 for Hartsville Methodist Episcopal Church located on Walnut Street. The church was destroyed in the 1940s by fire. Dora Hart Meador, daughter of John D. Hart and member of Hollywood Church, gave the bell to Hollywood. The wooden structure holding the bell deteriorated in the 1950s and the bell was returned to the granddaughter, Frances Meador Elliott, of John D. Hart. The bell was returned to Hollywood in 2008. Today the bell is hanging in a beautiful rock structure given in memory of Christi Wingfield Hill and Bonnie Shane. Hollywood Church was active from the early 1800s until 2020.
In memory of Johnny McAnally 2020
Erected by Clark County Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionDisastersEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is June 1, 1925.
Location. 34° 6.235′ N, 93° 14.851′ W. Marker is near Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in Clark County. Marker is on State Highway 26, 0.1 miles east of State Highway
The Hollywood Methodist Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 23, 2021
2. The Hollywood Methodist Church and Marker
53, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in front of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4955 AR-53, Arkadelphia AR 71923, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skirmish at Bozeman's House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Skirmishes at Okolona / Fighting at Elkins' Ferry (approx. 8.8 miles away); Peake High School (approx. 10.4 miles away); Sloan School (approx. 10.6 miles away); Rose Hill Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); First Public School in Arkadelphia (approx. 10.8 miles away); Arkadelphia Courthouses (approx. 11.2 miles away); Clark County (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arkadelphia.
Also see . . .  Hollywood (Clark County).
Hollywood (Clark County) is a small community located thirteen miles southwest of Arkadelphia (Clark County). Originally a farming village along the Terre Noire Creek, the area served as the county seat of Clark County until 1842. Notable Arkansans Albert Pike, Robert Crittenden, and Chester Ashley frequented the area to further their law practices. Today, the once vibrant town has dwindled to an unincorporated status and is heavily reliant on nearby Arkadelphia. Source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas
(Submitted on October 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
The view of the Hollywood Methodist Church and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, October 23, 2021
3. The view of the Hollywood Methodist Church and Marker from the street
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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