Near Newville in Henry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Old Center Methodist Church/Old Center Cemetery
The church was organized in 1859. The first building was a log structure located just NW of the present building. In the 1870's it was part of the Newton Circuit and was served by a minister who lived in the parsonage at Newton. He came by horseback and preached once a month. The second church was a wood structure. It was built from hand sawn timber. Mr. Taylor Harrison was head carpenter. In 1956, the current brick structure was built.
In 1858, Jehoiakim (Acom) and his wife Argent Gay Brannon gave ten acres of land for the church and cemetery. Acom was killed in May 1864 while serving in the Confederate Army. He is buried in the Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia. The oldest known grave is for William J. Cureton, a Revolutionary War soldier, who died in 1833. There are 14 known Civil War soldiers buried here as well as soldiers who served in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The cemetery has over 870 known graves. The Old Center Cemetery was listed on the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register in 2007.
Erected 2009 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, The Henry County Historical Group, Inc., and Friends of Center Methodist Church.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 764 County Road 89, Newville AL 36353, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newville Baptist Church / Newville Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Newville, Alabama / Newville Pioneers (approx. 6.1 miles away); Newville High School / Newville Rosenwald School (approx. 6.1 miles away); Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 8 miles away); Henry County Training School (approx. 8½ miles away); Head's Land Yielded Fruits of Success (approx. 9.9 miles away); Henry County Confederate Memorial (approx. 9.9 miles away); Headland, Alabama / Headland Public Square (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newville.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 504 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.