Thursday, June 14, 2012

Idyllic First Presbyterian Church Full of History and Charm

The First Presbyterian Church is one of my favorite places to look at in Hendersonville.  Even though it is on the busy main street, it exudes tranquility and stands out as a quiet remainder to slow down and focus on the important things in life.

In 1869, 17 people gathered together and petitioned the Nashville Presbytery to start a Church.  The Nashville Presbytery granted the petition and 12 members of the Gallatin Presbyterian Church became the first members of the Hendersonville Presbyterian Church.

The Church construction was completed in October 1869 along with the quick addition of the adjacent cemetery.  Many of the founders, Church family, and Confederate veterans are buried in the cemetery.  Major General Daniel Smith Donelson, Commander of the Department of East Tennessee is also buried in the cemetery. General Donelson originally owned the property.  His widow, Margaret Branch Donelson, sold the property to the new congregation. If you would like more information on Daniel Smith Donelson, please visit

You can visit the First Presbyterian Church at 172 West Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075.

Thank you for stopping by Life in Hendersonville, Tennessee.


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