The church, which was founded in 1805, 15 years before Trigg County branched off Christian County, disbanded in August 2006 after dwindling down to four members. Member Susan Hawkins said that over the years, many members died and others moved out of the community. The church didn’t have a permanent preacher, and those who did preach came from a great distance. One regularly came from Indianapolis and another drove here from Alabama. Because of these factors, the remaining members decided it made the most sense to close the church. Of course, this decision was not an easy one to make, Hawkins said.
“The church always community, family and a lot of love,” Hawkins said. “It was a terrible blow to see the church closed.”
Although not many have attended Dry Creek in recent years, many in the community have some kind of connection to it, Hawkins said. They might have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins who either used to be members or remembers attending church picnics and socials. Hawkins continued being a member after her mother, longtime member Elizabeth Mathis, died. But it’s not just Trigg County residents who have a stake in Dry Creek’s history. Hawkins, who lives in Dover, Tenn., said plenty of people in surrounding counties, including many families in Stewart County, have strong connections to the church.
So it seemed that the best thing to do was to donate the building and grounds to the Historical Society in hopes that they would do their best to preserve the church and honor its heritage. The organization formally accepted the church property and the $1,600 in its treasury at its July 10 meeting. President Ken Oakley said that the church members had been working for a year or two to find the original deeds. He said the Historical Society was the sole owner of the property, although he said he had told church members he wouldn’t object if they held reunions or other similar events in the future.
Several members asked questions about how much it would cost to keep up the grounds. Oakley said they could use the donated treasury money for its upkeep and see how long that would last them. A few members asked if they had agreed to hold onto the building even if it turns out to be financial burden. Oakley said he didn’t think so, but also didn’t expect any immediate problems with the cost.
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