“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dunlap in Sequatchie County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

— Southeast Tennessee Religious Heritage Trail —

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 5, 2022
1. Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  The first Methodist meeting house on this site was erected in 1852. It was named “Henniger's Chapel” in honor of The Rev. John Henniger, a prominent circuit rider in this area. The land for the church and cemetery was donated by Allen Kirklin. The log and plank structure was built by Norman Mansfield and his son, Alex. The adjoining cemetery predates the church with the burial of William Rogers in 1849, who organized the first Sunday School in the community. In 1853, a great revival of remarkable scope and power was conducted by Rev R.N. Price. Many individuals were converted, and many families were brought into the church.

The original church was partially dismantled by Union troops under Gen. Crittenden in the summer of 1863. The remaining structure burned in late August. In October of the same year Gen. Wheeler's Confederate cavalry raided a Federal wagon supply train enroute to Gen. Grant in Chattanooga. Many of the soldiers from both sides killed in that raid were buried here in unmarked graves. After the destruction of the church, God spoke to a young girl praying in an apple orchard and she was immediately converted. This event
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, May 5, 2022
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sparked another revival, lasting three weeks and resulting in over 200 conversions. Due to its size and great intensity, it was moved from a private home to a nearby Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

In 1884 the main sanctuary was rebuilt with volunteer labor. Sunday School rooms were added in 1951 with the understanding that the Sunday School would be non-denominational. That agreement has been adhered to and is still in effect today. Additional rooms, a fellowship hall, and a steeple comprised the latest additions of the current building.

The covenant of Chapel Hill to receive, live and give the gospel is a continuation of the fervor of early Methodism and the steadfastness of the circuit riders. The Chapel Hill Church hosts a Decoration Day and Homecoming on the 3rd Sunday in May.

(Left) 1930 after vestibule was added to original structure
(Right) Homecoming 2002
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1852.
Location. 35° 18.724′ N, 85° 23.308′ W. Marker is near Dunlap, Tennessee, in Sequatchie County. Marker is on East Valley Road (State Road 283) 0.3 miles south of Taft Highway (U.S. 127), on the right when traveling south
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5149 E Valley Rd, Dunlap TN 37327, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wheeler's Raid (approx. 1˝ miles away); Thunder in the Valley (approx. 3 miles away); Dunlap Community Building (approx. 4.1 miles away); Corral Road (approx. 8.9 miles away); Old Madison (approx. 9.2 miles away); Judge M.M. Allison (approx. 9.3 miles away); Poe's Tavern (approx. 12.1 miles away); Jimmy Wayne Memorial Fieldhouse (approx. 12.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunlap.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 9, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Mar. 24, 2023