While we were on our ramble to find the Cape Girardeau Northern Railroad depot in Fruitland, and and being distracted by dandelions, we ended up on 541 east of Hwy 61 on a lane that took us up to the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. The door was locked, so I couldn’t go inside.
Church established in 1838
A sign in front of the well-preserved church proclaimed it was established in 1838.
Cemetery dates to 1839
A stone in the cemetery said it was established a year after the church
Visitor register in mailbox
I opened a mailbox marked “Visitors,” expecting to find a brochure or other information about the church. Instead, there was a notebook started in 1990 where visitors could leave messages.
Dialog with the dead
I leafed through a few pages of the molding and watermarked notebook and found that many of the writers had left what could best be described as dialogues with the dead. After awhile, I felt like I was intruding, listening to a private conversation at the next dinner table, and I put the book back.
It was the first time I’ve encountered that.
Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church photo gallery
If you want to know more about the church, Pleasant Hill and Fruitland, James Baughn did a great job of covering those subjects back in 2012. Rather than doing a bunch of cutting and pasting and pretending I was doing research, I encourage you to visit his blog.
Click on any photo to make it larger, then use your arrow keys or click on the sides of the photos to move through the gallery.