Near Riverdale in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Bethsaida Baptist Church and Cemetery
The original wooden structure was built in 1829, on this site. In 1864, Union forces occupied the church as a headquarters, even used the pews as horse troughs. This sanctuary burned in 1954. A new building was built across the street and dedicated in 1955. Growth during the next 20 years necessitated building additions. Capitol View Baptist Church, located on Stewart Avenue in Atlanta was also experiencing growth. In 1975, the two congregations, eager to overcome their challenges and continue their ministries, merged to form one church with two locations -- United Baptist Church. Reverend William E. Cropper pastored both locations for the next 21 years. By the 1990`s decreasing membership and financial support caused the Bethsaida location to close its doors on December 29, 1996.
The Bethsaida Baptist Church Cemetery has graves dating from the 1800`s. The church never charged a fee for burial plots, so the cemetery was popular with the community. Lacking space, no plots have been deeded since the late 1970`s. Cemetery use is restricted to families who already have plots.
Location. 33° 33.601′ N, 84° 27.561′ W. Marker is near Riverdale, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Bethsaida Road 0 miles west of Bethsaida Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2110 Bethsaida Rd, Riverdale GA 30296, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Howard's March to Jonesboro (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 14th A.C. at Shoal Creek Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site: Shoal Cr. Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Renfroe's Plantation (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Couch House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Bairdís Div., 14th A.C. (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Marcus Long Crossroads (was approx. 3.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Site: Marcus Long House (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Riverdale.
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