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  • Lachanda Cheeks

    Hi Renee. I stumbled upon your blogs on the abandoned church through the “you know you are from McDowell County” page and I was mesmerized. I grew up in Wingfield Baptist Church and when you mentioned something about the tub at the top of the stops, I was thinking, “tub, I wonder who put that there” and the end of the article you mentioned that someone told you it was the baptismal pool. I was baptized in that pool when I was in the 6th grade. I loved my church and I am so thankful that I was brought up in the church. We walked up ALL those steps every Sunday morning for Sunday school and church. We sang on the church choir, we helped out in the kitchen with the older ladies and I know that my spiritual upbringing has made me the woman that I am today. I don’t know how to thank you enough for sharing. I had to call and tell my mother and sister about this.

    I just had a dream the other night about being in the church. When you get around to the front of the church which is actually on the back facing the mountains, you are in the vestibule and that is where the officers worked, counting money and things of that nature. I wished that you all could have gotten pictures on the inside. I notice that you own a photo studio. Do you ever sell your pictures?

    • Renee Bolden

      Hi, Lachanda. Thank you so much for your comment. You are the first person that I have talked to that knew anything about the church. If you have any old photographs of the church or the baptisms, I would love to see them and maybe get a copy from you.

      That church is massive! I can only imagine the crowd on Sunday mornings! When I visit these churches, I try to imagine how it was when the parishioners were there. Thank you so much for giving me some insight on how it was. I understand when you say that your spiritual upbringing made you the woman you are today. I, too, was raised in church and feel the same way.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog. Just to hear that people, like yourself, enjoyed them makes our trips worthwhile. We love visiting them and finding out information about them. I have not yet set up my church pictures for purchase, but I plan on doing that in the near future and will be sure to let you know when I do.

      Do you recall that verse in the Bible that talks about Christians spirits will bear witness with one another? I can tell that just from your comment! God bless you and your family and please keep reading!

  • Barb Edwards

    I came across this about the Mt Zion AME church In Eckman WV, My husband Johnny grew up there. They always called it the lower church and his family attended the upper church no longer standing since the coal mines decided to strip mine. But I remember it when it was still in use back in the early 1970’s…

    • Renee Bolden

      I remember the upper church. I wish I could have taken some pictures of it before it was torn down. I grew up in Pageton and we would travel across the mountain some as there were some members of my Granny’s family lived in Eureka Hollow. Thanks for your comment!

  • Dawn

    Hi Renee!
    I came across your blog related to a church in Switchback WV after I was looking at some photos a cousin had posted on facebook. Then I linked to another church I had visited when I was younger – Sacred Heart in Powhatan. I am interested in your work. I read your story related to the presence in the church in Switchback. I am curious why you explore the churches. It seemed I was missing the backstory to that post. I would love to talk with you more.

    Thanks for stirring up some great family history for me this evening!
    Dawn Shrader

    • Renee Bolden

      I’m sorry I just saw your comment on my blog. I haven’t been able to work on the project in awhile and I hadn’t checked my blog, as I should have been. I explore the churches because I felt that the Lord had laid it on my heart to do so. McDowell County is not just a shadow of what it used to be and of the people who live there and who used to live there. I hoped it would inspire some to return to church and do the work of the Lord, as there is much to be done.

      Thanks for reading! I hope to have more churches posted with the fall months coming up!

      Thanks, again!

  • douglas clark

    hello, Great work! I need info on switchback memorial baptist. when did it close? anyone I could talk to about this place. Also Mt. zion ame in eckman. Im seeking info on my roots in this part of WV, thank you warm regard –T

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