Glenville Church

Big Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery is now on the grounds of Mountain Bible Church. Decoration Day for this cemetery is the first Sunday in August. More information about Decoration Days will be displayed at this Mountain Bible Church/Big Ridge Cemetery tour stop on Big Ridge Road.

The Glenville Area Historical Society presents another history tour, Historic Glenville Cemeteries, on Saturday. 

The itinerary will guide tour-goers to six church cemeteries and family burial grounds from Glenville Village to the Norton Community to Big Ridge.

Most of the sites are undiscovered by the general public although some, like Hamburg Cemetery on N.C. 107, are well known. The cemetery has 214 graves and stones dated prior to 1941.

In 1940-41 the graves and headstones were moved there from Old Glenville, the town that was cleared out and the valley flooded when the dam that created Lake Glenville was built. 

Those stones, many of historic Glenville family ancestors, will be pointed out as will historically significant graves at each cemetery site.

Storytellers will be stationed at several of the cemeteries, but the brochure available with the map and tickets will cover the history of each cemetery.

An added attraction to this tour event is an entertainment program at 1 p.m. at the Mountain Bible Church, also the site of the Big Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Music, displays and refreshments can be enjoyed at any time tour-goers prefer.

Since the tour is self-guided, a visit to the Mountain Bible Church location can be made prior to touring other sites, at the midpoint of the tour or as a finale. Tour planners estimate approximately two to two and a half hours to complete the route.

The tour map, brochure guide and tickets are $20 per person. They will be available from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hamburg Baptist Church, 4673 N.C. 107. The church is next door to the Glenville History Museum, open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cemetery Tour tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum.

For more information call 743-1658, email historicalsocietyglenvillearea@yahoo.com, visit www.glenvilleareahistoricalsociety or see them on Facebook.