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Near Stewartstown in Monongalia County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“The Baptist Church at the Forks of Cheat”

Established November 1775

 
 
“The Baptist Church at the Forks of Cheat” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
1. “The Baptist Church at the Forks of Cheat” Marker
Inscription. The oldest denomination of Christians west of the mountains on the Waters of the Cheat and Monongahela Rivers in the Commonwealth of Virginia (now West Virginia).

First meeting house erected of logs on the highest point in the graveyard near Cedar. Second meeting house was built in 1803 after the first one was consumed by fire about 200 feet south of the first church of "the following dimentions that is to say, square loggs of 28 feet in length, 22 feet in breadth, and twelve loggs high."

The church is now located 1½ miles east of this tablet on County Road.
 
Erected 1828 by Clarence B. Dille, on Nov. 5.
 
Location. 39° 41.545′ N, 79° 54.883′ W. Marker is near Stewartstown, West Virginia, in Monongalia County. Marker is at the intersection of Point Marion Road (U.S. 119) and Stewartstown Road (County Road 65), on the left when traveling south on Point Marion Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morgantown WV 26508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stewartstown (a few steps from this marker); Joseph Snider (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mason-Dixon Line
“The Baptist Church at the Forks of Cheat” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
2. “The Baptist Church at the Forks of Cheat” Marker
(approx. 2 miles away); West Virginia / Pennsylvania (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Martin (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Martin (approx. 2.4 miles away); Easton Roller Mill (approx. 2.8 miles away); George Washington Stopped Here (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Entry in the West Virginia Encyclopedia. “The historic congregation was organized the night of Sunday, November 7, 1775, by Rev. John Corbly and 12 charter members. The small, hand-written, parchment minute book is the church’s oldest existing artifact. Other antiques include a silver communion pitcher, an hourglass, and two 1840 communion cups. Supposedly the hourglass was to time long-winded preachers.” (Submitted on June 19, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker at Cemetery at Route 119 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
3. Marker at Cemetery at Route 119
Forks-Of-Cheat Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2014
4. Forks-Of-Cheat Baptist Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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