Location

15301 McFarland Rd., Laurel Hill

Contact

910-276-7151

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The Old Laurel Church

Possibly no other historic site reflects this togethering more than the Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church. Dating back to 1797 This church has been a foundation in our community.

As early as 1832 it was one of the few churches in the south to invite slaves to worship openly with them and was also the first church where freed slaves were welcome.

It also played an interesting role in the Civil War as General Sherman and his troops camped at the church on his march through North Carolina. Visitors can still see the signatures Union soldiers left inscribed in plaster in the church's tower.

But the church's most lasting imprint on our community is that during the Depression the Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church led the concept of in-gathering in our county - a soulful practice adopted and still observed to this day throughout the Carolinas.