Hardesty's History of Wirt County


Here as in every other portion of the west the pioneer
preacher, proclaiming "peace on earth and good will to man,"
was abreast of the earliest settlers.  Scarcely was the roof made
fast upon the cabin home ere the circuit rider found his way to it
and there established an "appointment," often half a year inter-
vening between his visits.  The pioneer denominations which car-
ried the glad tidings of salvation to these primitive western
homes, were the Methodists and Baptists, and the church history
of the Little Kanawha valley is not an exception to the rule, but
here as in all other sections their early records are very meager.

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