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Near Jonesville in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Thompson Settlement Church

 
 
Thompson Settlement Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
1. Thompson Settlement Church Marker
Inscription.  This Baptist Church, a mile southeast, is the oldest church in Lee County. It was organized in 1800; the original site was on Powell’s River, a short distance west. John Kinney was the first pastor. The church was removed to the present site in 1822.
 
Erected 1938 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number K-6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1800.
 
Location. 36° 37.733′ N, 83° 12.322′ W. Marker is near Jonesville, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of Flanary Bridge Road (County Route 758) and Mount Moriah Road (County Route 665), on the right when traveling south on Flanary Bridge Road. It is 5 miles south of US 58 west of Jonesville. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesville VA 24263, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doctor Still’s Birthplace (approx. 4.2 miles away); Jonesville Methodist Camp Ground (approx.
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5 miles away); a different marker also named Doctor Still’s Birthplace (approx. 5.8 miles away); Jonesville (approx. 6.3 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away in Tennessee); Lee County Virginia / Tennessee (approx. 7.8 miles away); Martin’s Station (approx. 8.9 miles away); Civil War Routes (approx. 9.3 miles away in Kentucky). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesville.
 
More about this marker. Back in 1938, Virginia did not erect historical markers on secondary roads. So why was this marker placed on a secondary road? It wasn’t. And it hasn’t been moved. In 1938 this roadway was Virginia Route 63, a primary road that started deep in Tennessee 80-some miles from the Virginia state line and continued—as Virginia Route 63—east to Tazewell and points east. In Tennessee it is still Route 63 today, but by 1980s Route 63 in Virginia was truncated about 70 miles east at St. Paul and its former roadway became U.S. 58 Alt. and a series of county routes on either side of Alternate 58.
 
Also see . . .  Thompson Settlement Church
Thompson Settlement Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 29, 2011
2. Thompson Settlement Church Marker
. There is a photo of this church on this page, which has a 1995 article by Dorothy Witt on the church. “The fifth and present church building was built in 1957 on an acre of land given by Earl and Alice Hedrick. The building included a sanctuary, Sunday School rooms, and basement for youth activities. In 1979, Cecil Horne deeded land for the parsonage home with a modern brick house erected.” (Submitted on July 9, 2011.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,242 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 8, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo(s) of the church which is 0.6 mi. east of the marker, at 148 Larry Anderson Dr, Jonesville VA • Can you help?

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