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Christmas Open House at Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church
December 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Friends of the Historic Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church will host a Christmas open house.
The historic church will be decorated in true Christmas fashion and be open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. All those wishing to tour the church and grounds are invited to attend.
The Historic Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at 3120 Railroad Street in Charleston. Designed after Greek Revival style architecture and built in 1860 by the Rev. Hiram Douglass, the church served as a hospital during the Civil War. Markings on the church remain from where the horses gnawed the window seals while tethered to the building.
Douglass moved with his family to McMinn County as a small boy, and upon later being ordained, he was given a circuit to travel which extended from Greeneville to Cassville, Ga., everything east of the Cumberland Mountains, and even embraced a section of country far out into Northeast Georgia.
Almost every early Cumberland Presbyterian congregation organized along the Tennessee-Georgia state line owes its inception either directly or indirectly to Douglass.
Douglass preached his last sermon in Charleston on Sunday, June 11, 1865. The next day he became ill with typhoid fever, and he died on June 24, 1865. He is buried in the Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church cemetery.
According to the Rev. John Morgan Wooten, Douglass believed his death was eminent and requested to be buried in Charleston, “In that beautiful valley close by the rushing mountain river (Hiwassee), at the site of where he preached his first sermon, sang his last song, and prayed his last prayer.”
In 1982, the Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church built a new sanctuary on U.S. Highway 11. A friends group has been recently established for the historic church to assist with the long-term preservation of the historic church.