April 10, 2007
For over 120 years, generation after generation has worshiped at the 2nd Primitive Baptist Church in Madison County.
The church burned down early Monday morning, and we looked at the history of the church through the eyes of one long-time member.
“A lot of good memories here,” said Odell Carter.
Carter has been a member of the church ever since she can remember. In fact, her grandfather was the pastor. He would travel from Rappahannock County to preach.
“That was in horse and buggy days,” said Carter.
This old church was built in the late 1800’s.
“It’s very old and I’m not sure how old,” said Carter. “We used to come when we were little children, my parents my mother and father used to bring us here to visit on first Sundays often time[s],” she said.
It’s sad for Carter to see the church that once looked vibrant, now in shambles. A fire gutted the entire house.
“You know, I’m really sorry this happened,” said Carter.
Until members can rebuild their church, they will be holding services in the dining room every first and third Sunday of the month.
The dining hall was once an old school house bought by the congregation in 1946 for $605. It still stands and some day, Carter hopes the church will again stand beside it.
“We hope we are going to be able to do that by the Lord’s help and by Him moving on people’s hearts.”
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