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Job's Temple

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1860s. North side of WV 5, approximately 9 miles west of Glenville

The name of this small log church that hugs a steep hillside above a country road derives not from the Biblical Job, but from Job Westfall, a member of the congregation. The rectangular church is one bay wide and two bays long and stands seven poplar logs high. Logs, joined with half-dovetail notches, have been rechinked and redaubed from time to time. They rest on a rock foundation and support a gable roof covered with wood shakes. Inside, wide vertical board sheathing covers the walls and ceiling, and plain benches face a hand-hewn pulpitlectern and platform with wooden lamp stands. Neither heat nor artificial lighting has ever been introduced.

The building was constructed between 1860 and 1866—the delay occasioned by the intervening Civil War—and was in regular use until 1912. A homecoming celebration is held here annually at the conclusion of the State Folk Festival in Glenville. This simple, unpretentious country church and its hillside cemetery in a pristine wooded setting easily evoke the spirit of the past and the popular image of West Virginia's mountaineer culture.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Job's Temple", [Glenville, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-GL5.

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