Near Rocky Gap in Bland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Noted Preacher
Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KC-2.)
Location. 37° 12.922′ N, 81° 5.658′ W. Marker is near Rocky Gap, Virginia, in Bland County. Marker is at the intersection of North Scenic Highway (U.S. 52) and Interstate 77, on the right when traveling south on North Scenic Highway. Touch for map. It is at the exit, on the west side of the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Gap VA 24366, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crooked Road (approx. 0.8 miles Andrew Davidson (approx. 6.8 miles away in West Virginia); Bluefield (approx. 7.9 miles away in West Virginia); Elizabeth Kee (approx. 7.9 miles away in West Virginia); West Virginia / Mercer County (approx. 8 miles away in West Virginia); Bland (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bluefield College (approx. 8.6 miles away); Bluefield State Teacherís College (approx. 8.6 miles away in West Virginia).
More about this marker. This marker replaces an earlier marker that had gone missing with the same number titled “A Great Preacher” which read, “Some miles to the east was born William Elbert Munsey, July 13, 1833, and near here he preached his first sermon. Ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1855, Munsey was a noted preacher in several States. He died, October 23, 1877.”
Also see . . . Sermons and Lectures by William Elbert Munsey, D.D. From the Introduction: “His methods were the reverse of the rhetoricianís—at the highest point of an extended, highly-wrought passage his words became the most familiar, and his finish was as natural as it was exquisite in the grace of homeliest speech. He had his audience prepared in a few moments by this simplicity of style for a new flight. No one could preach more sublimely upon the cross. On such occasions no one who ever heard him can forget the power
“It is questionable to my mind if there lived any greater master of an audience, either in this country or England. Where he had longest preached there the largest crowds thronged to hear him. This must be considered the final test of oratory. At Marion, in Virginia, during the session of the Holston Conference, where he had often preached and was well-known, one might have walked upon the heads of the audience. Flumes were constructed, and ladies were shot by them into the house through its windows; the altar was filled with persons standing, and three individuals had seated themselves for the service, one on each side of the bookboard and one directly under it in front, in a half-bent posture.”
—Excerpt from letter to the editor printed in the New Orleans Christian Advocate on his death. (Submitted on July 20, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.