Burlington Presbyterian Church
Backstory and Context
Before the church was organized in Cabell County, the Presbyterian farmers of Cabell County went in boats with their families across the river to Burlington to worship.
In 1837, Presbyterians on the Virginia shore began to consider the establishment of a church of their own. In that same year a movement was launched in Guyandotte, a town two miles above Huntington, to establish an academy for the education of their youth. The Presbyterians indicated they would subscribe generously to the enterprise if they would be permitted the regular use of the chapel for their religious services. In 1838 the building was erected and the original log house used by the church and school was called Mount Hebron.
On June 30, 1838 James Holderby and Lucy Holderby deeded
to Marshall Academy, which had been named for Chief Justice John Marshall, an
acre and a quarter of land. Chief Justice Marshall was a personal friend of
John Laidley, a prominent lawyer
and one of the moving spirits of the project. (see First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, WV)
(Founding of Presbyterian Church Tied with City’s Early
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