Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mountain Union Church

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Mount Union Church . Explore Park . Roanoke

This old church was built in the early 1800's in Botetourt County and then moved to Explore Park in the 1990's...I didn't know that I used to live near where this church originally stood! I had been to the cemetery a few times to fulfill Find-A-Grave photo can see those HERE and HERE ...I had a couple more requests to find there but never was able to find them...anywho...

(these were taken in April of this year)

I also didn't know that this church was started from Fincastle Presbyterian Church which I found out HERE in "A Partial History of Fincastle Presbyterian Church" which says this about Mount Union:

"Mountain Union Church is the daughter of the Fin-
castle Presbyterian Church. She was born on the Satur-
day before the third Sabbath in February, 1832. To this
daughter the mother gave twenty-four members, among
them a ruling elder, Mr. George McDonald, who was im-
mediately made a ruling elder in the new organization."

There were other interesting write-ups in the story...

That's about all I was able to find out on this little church but one neat thing I found was this old photo/postcard:

I think it is dated 1905? *Found on Rootsweb*

The church can be rented out now for weddings, reunions, etc...

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

HERE'S some more posts I've done on Explore Park in the's one of my favorite places for hiking around :)


  1. Love this post and am fascinated with the find a grave photo request. Is this a organization you belong to?

    1. Find A Grave is a free sight that uses's a great genealogy tool. You can look up requests near your area and go out and photograph the grave for the person requesting it. I also have had others take pictures for me of ancestors that are buried too far from me to get's kind of fun...i haven't done it in a while but need to start back up when it cools off a bit!

  2. It is quite a distinctive building!

  3. ...what a simple, no frills church, it simply beautiful. How nice to see the old postcard. Thanks Tanya for stopping by, please come again.

  4. I have never seen a church like this. No windows on the front. It is even plainer then the Amish churches around here. But adorable.

  5. I like this church, with its plain design.


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