The first settlers near Laurel Gap, now Baileyton, settled on the rich bottom land near Lick Creek.
John Westley and George Whitfield as well as other noted speakers passed through this area occasionally and preached. The people strongly desired an established place to worship. The Baileyton Community met about 1830 and built a log cabin on the south side of Snapp Ferry Road (now Horton Hwy).south and west of the present brick church. The people met in it until 1858 when the present church was built.
In Jan. 1860 Thomas Bailey deeded the land for the Zion ME church to the Trustees. In 1972 Sunday school rooms were added to the Zion Church.
The fact that this building has stood for over 150 years is astonishing to me. Just imagine all of the lives touched by this building. The people who have walked through the doors to worship. Its amazing and this building really is a treasure for the people of Greene County.