This dated structure is on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Built in 1902 by Pastor John D. McCampbell to house the 62 year old congregation. The double entry architectural design of old church houses generally reflects a doctrinal position and the consequential practice of segregating the women and children from the men. You enter the building on the side of the church that you will sit based on your gender and age. This apparently was not the case for this congregation. Seating was, as they say, loosey goosey. Records indicate that the builder simply copied the design of another church which just so happened to have two doors. Apparently, in the area of ecclesiastical architecture, lex orandi, lex credendi meant nothing to ol’ Pastor McCampbell.
© 2013 Tyrel Bramwell