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November 4, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Churches: Dunn’s Chapel

Courtesy Library of Virginia.

In 2013, I shared a post entitled, Buckingham Mystery: Dunn’s Chapel

Some years later, while researching Methodist churches in Buckingham County, I discovered a valuable resource at the Library of Virginia — a reel of microfilm containing a record book created by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and dated 1852-1881.

The catalog entry contains this information:

Buckingham Circuit first appears in the 1788 Methodist Annual Conference minutes. In 1810, it became part of the Meherren District and later became part of the Lynchburg District. The circuit included the churches of Bethel, Buckingham Institute, Centenary, Dunns’ Chapel, Glenmore, Hanes’ Chapel, Liberty, Rocky Mount, Salem, and Trinity.

Included in the record book is a list of members at Dunn’s Chapel for 1869 and 1870, beginning with Walter A. Ford, Steward. Many familiar families from northern Buckingham worshipped there, such as Allen, Guerrant, Lightfoot, Maxey, and Norvil (sic), Oslin, and Snoddy.  Notations mention individuals who had withdrawn or had been removed, including my relations James W. Allen and Margaret E. Allen.

If a Slate River Ramblings reader knows the precise location of Dunn’s Chapel, please comment.


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  1. Diane Apperson / Nov 6 2021 1:40 pm

    Joanne, in the The Courthouse Burned, Volume 1 there is an entry for Arvonia United Methodist Church. Lorna Scott wrote, ” It was erected between 1905 and 1909 while Rev. S. H. Johnson was pastor of the charge.. It took the place of Dunn’s Chapel which is mentioned in many of the Methodist church histories in the county. Mrs. Theresa Johnson Charlton, a daughter of Rev. Johnson, recalls that there was some discussion as to which side of a certain creek the building should be located. A wag in the congregation said, “Why not build it as a bridge over the creek?”

    Arvonia Methodist Church stands on the road that goes by the Arvonia Post Office and the Arvonia Fire Dept. The Church is between the two and is on the left side of the road. So it is in close proximity to the quarries but I cannot say exactly where Dunn’s Chapel was. I’ll check around and see if I can find someone that may know.

    • Joanne Yeck / Nov 7 2021 4:49 am


      Many thanks for your comment. Based on the names on the 1869 membership roll, a location near Arvonia makes sense. Please let us know if you learn more.


  2. Jamie Figg / Nov 4 2021 5:57 am

    Which Guerrants?

    • Joanne Yeck / Nov 4 2021 6:03 am


      See the images above. This is the complete list from 1869.


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