Palestine Church: 19th Century Landmark in Carroll County

Along an old dirt road a few miles west of Clarksburg is Palestine Church and Cemetery. The well-worn road, and the date of early cemetery markers, tell you here is a place dating to the first generation of white settlement, c. 1830-1840. The present church building probably dates to 1890s. I hope to start research in the spring to find out more.

I visited the place after residents reported that a new round of vandalism destroyed some of the historic pews and broke out several windows. Scenes of such stupid destruction are always upsetting.

Residents have made quick repairs but they also felt that more historical recognition would help. The building is not abandoned (it is used at funerals) and once repaired it can host many other events. It is a splendid piece of Tennessee rural church architecture.

The cemetery has wonderful variation in grave markers, from ornate Victorian designs to ones best classified as folk art. More of this important historic site in Carroll County after we complete more research.

3 thoughts on “Palestine Church: 19th Century Landmark in Carroll County

  1. John

    You may find out that it was a Methodist church and could be farther back to late 1860’s . Your photos are typical of several I have come across in my genealogical research in middle Tennessee .

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  2. Roxana Collins

    1815roxana@gmail.com My late husband’s family was also buried there. All Collins..Dennis Maurice Collins..born in Nashville..moved to Houston, Texas for his remaining life. DIED November 6th 2011..l his widower have traveled to this location for family reunions. Surviving children Travis lee Collins and Lacy Kay Collins all reside in Katy, Texas Thanks for the memory Roxana Marx-Collins 832 865 6223

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