Bowling Chapel Methodist Church — Carter County, Tennessee

Bowling Chapel Methodist Church -- Carter Co, Tennessee
Bowling Chapel Methodist Church is located on US 19E just to the west of Roan Mountain, Tennessee in Carter County.

The church’s roots can be traced back to as early as 1807 when the congregation in the Crabtree community was first formed. The church, however has a tragic story linked to its past which ultimately ended in closure and consolidation of the congregation with the nearby Roan Mountain Methodist Church.
Bowling Chapel Methodist Church -- Carter Co, Tennessee
The following is an excerpt about historic churches in Carter County I found from the Elizabethton Star published in September 2015.

Murder at Roan Mountain Church Revival
Perhaps the most violent and cowardly act in a local church building occurred at the old Bowling Chapel Methodist Church in the Crabtree community of Roan Mountain. The church building, which still stands by the side of the road, is marked by time and age. The paint on the exterior has peeled, the tin roof is now rusty, and the bell tower is absent its bell.
In October 1933, a 32-year-old Carter County constable in the Roan Mountain community was shot in the back as he led singing at a revival meeting inside the church.
According to an account from the Elizabethton Star, John Arnett, was shot in the back by his third cousin, Howard Arnett, who stood outside the church and shot through a window. The shooting occurred on a Tuesday evening, and Arnett died the following Friday morning.
The article stated that witnesses on the outside of the church told authorities that as the shooter raised the gun to fire through the window, he is alleged to have said, “I have killed rabbits and squirrels with this gun, but this is the largest game I have ever brought down.”
“The constable was shot immediately after prayer had ended and he had just started to reach for a song book to lead the singing,” the article read.
Accomplices in the shooting were identified as Dayton Arnett and Robert Julian. All three were later tried and sent to prison for a period of time.
The shooting apparently was the result of the constable seeking to bring some law and order to the community after an outbreak of vandalism and the breaking and entering of homes and a store in the community.
When the church closed its doors several years later, many of its parishioners joined Roan Mountain United Methodist Church. The small Bowling Chapel Church had been a part of the community since 1807.
Despite the shooting, its members had sweet memories of the church. Mrs. Joe Whitehead, now deceased, recalled being a part of the church in her youth and the powerful preaching by some of its pastors, the fervent prayers and songs of praise, dinners on the ground, and Vacation Bible School. “I remember most of the people who attended the church. They were good people, who loved the Lord, and most would have given you the shirt off their back,” she said.
No doubt those early parishioners had memories of Tweetsie, the small narrow gauge train. The railroad track was next to the church, and at least twice a day, the little train chugged and whistled its way past the church as it made its daily run to Cranberry, N.C., and back.
The small abandoned church was also the subject of one of Don Iverson’s paintings.

Allardt First Presbyterian Church

The church was constructed in 1903 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1991.



The Allardt First Presbyterian Church is a Gothic Revival style building located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Allardt, (Fentress County) Tennessee.


The church was constructed in 1903 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1991.

Zion M.E Church — Baileyton, Tennessee

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.

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.

Blue Springs Lutheran Church — Greene County, Tennessee


Located in Mosheim, Tennessee The Blue Springs Luteheran Church was founded prior to 1811.  This is the third structure to be serve the congregation.

MoshiemChurch2During the Civil War the brick structure on this site serving the church served as a hospital.


The building currently on the site was built in 1893 and is currently not used.



Lee County Historical & Genealogical Society Museum

I’ve noticed this old church for many years its just to the west of Jonesville on 58 off in a little holler that really makes you envision Icabod Crane could have actually galloped around that twisty road Once upon a time. Scenes like this setting is what inspires writers to create engaging stories. There is beauty all around us. It doesnt have to be something fancy and flashy. This church has relocated long ago and now serves as the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society Museum.

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The Museum is located about 4 miles west of Jonesville just off of US 58 on Old Friendship Road.



Cannel City, Kentucky 41408

Like so many others around this area, Cannel City in Morgan County, Kentucky has a colorful past, all tied to coal.


At one time Cannel City had a population of from 1.000 to 1,500 people, hundreds of houses, a high school, bank, commissary, roller rink, hotel, movie house, church, private grocery stores (Caudill Brothers. George Neal and Taylor Day had stores), Cannel City Gas Company, Cannel City Telephone Company, Cannel City Recreation Club, oil wells, the Kentucky Block Cannel Coal Company, and the O&K Railway.

Cannel City became known as the largest cannel coal field in the world and its cannel left Caney Valley on the O&K Railway to be shipped to the Great Lakes region, Europe, and South America. Coal buyers came from Paris and London to stay at the Hotel DeLancey and enjoy the hospitality of East Kentuckians while buying coal.

The usefulness of cannel coal, however, declined once coal gas, then electric lighting, became commonplace. The mine shut down in the mid‑1930s, then the railroad.  By the 1940s it was all over and today no more than a few dozen people reside in Cannel City, but there are a few remains of what was once a boom town.


Cannel City School still stands at the bend in the road on state route 191.  When it opened in 1938 it was an elementary – middle and high school all in one.


I’ve not been able to pinpoint a closing date, so if anyone out there knows, please comment.  It’s such a large, beautiful building.  I’m guessing it closed sometime within the last decade or so.


I would love to get inside of a building like this, as it looks well preserved.  It is also, however, secured and locked tight at all ends.


This is the side of the building nearest the bend in the road and next to the post office.


The corner stone says 1936, but as far as I can tell through research, the school didn’t open until the 1938-39 school year.

cannelcityschool3This building really reminds me a lot of the old school at Ages.  The stone work is absolutely amazing.


This has to be the smallest free standing post office I have ever witnessed.

Cannel City, Kentucky 41408


This Caboose serves as a monument to the community’s past heritage and relationship with the railroad.  The park, DeLancey Park is named after the hotel that once stood at the center of the community.  cannelcitychurch2This church was built in 1905, it appears to have been abandoned for many years.