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History of Beulah Primitive Baptist
Church, Scranton, NC; 1874-1975
Mr. Linwood McKinney
The Beulah Primitive Baptist Church house was built on a parcel of land purchased from Robert Williams and wife, Julia, for the sum of ten dollars early in the year of our Lord 1874. The carpenter work was done by Alex Spencer and Hyrum Fortiscue. In the same year a meeting was called and the people assembled on the 1st Sunday in May 1874 for its dedication service. The chief speaker was Elder John Brinson from Pamlico County. Thus the Beulah Church was on the 1st Sunday in May 1975, 101 years old. Soon after its dedication, the church petitioned the Kehukee Association of churches for membership, and was received. The Kehukee Association was formed the 1st Sunday in October 1765 and has continued to this date, 1975, two hundred and ten years from its birth. The following note was also included in the microfilm:
This bldg. is original as built 100 yrs. ago. Ceiling is bead ceiling of pine heart--this means "3 grooves to the piece" & is also original--not painted. Oldest Prim. Bap. church bldg. in county [Bethlehem Primitive Baptist] is on Ridge Rd. bet. Fairf. & Eng. [between Fairfield and Engelhard]. Elmo Lupton in Coinjock has deed to it but wouldn't let Mr. Linwood have it.
The above photo and information was taken from Microfilm 053.01001 from the North Carolina Dept. of Archives & History, Raleigh, NC.
The picture below was taken by Margie Brooks in 2017 and shows that someone added the date of the church building at a later date.