The site of Byrd’s Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church dates back before the Civil War. It was first known as the “Old Camp Ground.” The first church was the outgrowth of those camp meetings.

A devout old Methodist minister by the name of Byrd moved into the community and with the help of his neighbors erected a log house for worship, thereby, establishing the first Byrd’s Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church South. The church today still bears his name.

Deeds of February 27, 1872 first mention that a portion (two acres) of this property was given by Col. James W. Cureton for the Byrd’s Chapel Church. The earliest church register is dated 1897.

The first building was a log house with a large stone chimney and fireplace. It sat on the far side of the property opposite the cemetery.

Later a large frame building was erected near the center of the highest spot of the land. This was also used as a school until about 1900 when M.A. Castleberry deeded a lot about 50×80 adjoining the church property for a school. The large frame building was considered unsafe and was torn down.

About 1900 a little school house was built. It was also used for church purposes for at that time the large old building was torn down. In 1915-16 a new church was built with the help of those in the community. It was built about 200 yards from the school.

In 1933 or 1934 this church burned down and services once again were held in the schoolhouse. In the 1940’s the consolidation of the schools in the county was made and in February 1943 the Dade County Board of Education deeded this property to the trustees of the Byrd’s Chapel Church.

In 1951-52 a rebuilding program was begun, keeping the schoolhouse and making it into a church. Three years later three Sunday School rooms and a recreation room were added.

On January 14, 1971 the Byrd’s Chapel Church again burned to the ground. With the help of the community, members, preachers and donations of money and furniture, the church was rebuilt. The new church is located about 200 yards from the place where the last building burned, and on the same spot where the original building was located.

On December 10, 1989, a 16×36 fellowship hall was dedicated at the church. The new addition includes a kitchen at one end. This addition was the result of a lot of prayers, donations, time and support from members, friends and family.

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