Buckingham Churches: Sharon Baptist
According to Thomas Baldwin’s Gazetteer of the United States (1854), in the mid-19th century, Buckingham County contained nineteen churches. My ancestors attended several, including Sharon Baptist Church. Located on Route 622 (now Sharon Church Road), it was founded on March 29, 1835, when the members of Pine Grove and the members of Gooseberry Meeting Houses combined forces to form Sharon. In February of 1854, it was proposed that a new church be built to replace Pine Grove Meeting House, which had served the congregation for over twenty years. The result, pictured here, is still serving Sharon’s congregation in 2012.
Not only did two generations of my Harris and Saunders families attend Sharon, but also my extended family, including Agee, Chambers, Maxey, and Winfrey cousins. In 2008, Gordon G. Ragland, Jr. authored, The Tie That Binds: The Stories of Sharon Baptist Church, Buckingham County, Virginia, documenting the lives of many members of Sharon as well as capturing an important part of the county’s history.
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