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Smyrna Methodist Church

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1857; 2007 restored, Gary Clements. 101 Jaybird Ln., 6 miles west of Searcy
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage)

The Smyrna Church is the oldest extant and oldest documented church building in Arkansas, according to a recent study by the University of Arkansas. Restored to its original appearance, this small rectangular wooden church has a gable front, jigsawn decoration in the gable, a small portico with diamond-shaped shingles in its gable, an openwork wooden cupola with a bell, and a small brick chimney in the center of the roof. A cemetery lies behind the church, with headstones dating back 150 years. The church was on the Southwest Trail at the intersection of two wagon trails in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Smyrna Methodist Church", [Searcy, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 242-243.

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