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Chatham County Historical Association

Preserving and sharing the history of Chatham County North Carolina

Ebenezer Log Church

25 Aug 2022 7:31 PM | Anonymous

Pictured here is Ebenezer log church, probably constructed in the early 19th century as the earliest of several structures housing the Ebenezer Methodist Church in the Bell's vicinity. It was located in what later became the impoundment area for Jordan Lake. It was a one-room building about twenty-one by eighteen feet constructed of squared logs joined by diamond notches. The interior had wide pine flooring and a batten door. The log-and-stick chimney seen on the church is an unusual feature. It was built with squared logs joined at the corners in a full-dovetail joint. The photo is from 1971.

The church was placed on the National Register in 1974, but subsequently fell into ruin and was removed from the register in 1980. It has since been destroyed. More information about the structure can be found on page 314-315 of the book The Architectural Heritage of Chatham County, North Carolina written by Rachel Osborn and Ruth Selden-Sturgill. The book is available in all three Chatham County libraries, and is for sale in the Chatham Historical Museum and on the CCHA website:

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