BURLINGTON CHURCHES

Burlington's first church was a two story log structore on the hill west of and overlooking the town with a cemetery adjacent on land donated by Jacob Vandiver in 1803. The cemetery is still being used.
The original church which is said to have been Baptist was replaced in 1853 by a weather boarded 36 X 50 ft. building with a gallery over the entrance. It was in this second church building that Federal troops, during the Civil War, used its facilities as a barracks. Several northern soldiers are buried in this cemetery.
The third house of worship, the present Burlington Union Church, was planned around the stove in Umstot and Wilson's store. Capt. John William Vandiver, hsi wife and mother donated the land on Main Street of the village for the church. James Sloan Jr and Capt. Vandiver donated the logs, C.G. Wilson sawed into lumber that was used for the building. Labor was mostly donated. The 20 colored glass windows cost $83 and the bell was installed at a cost of $52.65. Total cost of this houseof worship was $2490.73. The church was dedicated on 11-29-1891 as a Union Church. The deeds to all three churches state they are to be used as free churches for all denominations of Christians in good standing.
In 1870, the Presbyterian Manse (Hob Huffman home) was built by John T. Pierce, a local contractor. Later the Presbyterians used the last house on the other side of Main Street across from the Huffman house for the Manse.
The Methodist parsonage for many years was the second house from the church near the school. In recent years, the Methodists have constructed a new parsonage beside the Rosalie Vandiver home.

 

 

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BEAVER RUN CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
Beaver Run Road, Burlington, WV 26710

 

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