Date Land Deed Signed:
Date Church Building Dedicated:
December 1, 1889
Condition of church building/grounds**:
Date added to WVCPA register:
25 September 2011
easily accessible. Located in a remote area of western Jackson
County close to the Mason County line, about midway between
Parchment Valley in Jackson County and Deerlick in Mason County when
viewed on a map. It's either a long hike in, or 4-wheeler trails to
get to the church. See topo map coordinates for exact location when
planning your route.
** Condition of church
building and grounds as observed on the given date - may not be
representative of care at other times of the year Scale:
Excellent - Good - Fair - Poor - Abandoned
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"The deed for Long Hollow Church was made October 12, 1889,
between Obediah and Mary Woodall, his wife, to the trustees
consisting of T.A. Casto, Philip Ward, William A. Cadle, J.W.
Woodall, and Obediah Woodall. The church being built and dedicated
only a few months later on December 1, 1889.
The church continued to thrive for many years until the impact of
the dwindling local population took its toll on attendance. A
photo was taken in 1914 and appeared in the Jackson Herald, in
which the attendance was listed as 54. One of the early pastors of
this congregation was the Reverend Haught. Since William
Cadle, a Baptist minister himself, was listed among the trustees,
it may be assumed that he was the founding minister of this
congregation. One of many congregations that he established and
pastored in the region. The last service recalled being held at
Long Hollow Baptist Church was during the second World War, when
Reverend Fred Harmon (from Wolfe Valley Baptist Church in Union
District of Mason County) held a revival service."¹
photo of the church - the cemetery is located up the hill to the
altar table in the early years - note the
pipe for the potbelly stove to the right in
great-grandfather, Obediah Woodall, donated the land & helped
build the church, pews & altar. I have the deed for it. I have
an article written about a reunion held at the church some time
ago. I visited it 3 years ago and was quite dismayed about its
condition. I was told by a lady that the pews & altar were
taken to another church in the area. I have a picture of the
congregation attending a baptism in a river in that area. Also, I
have a picture of the church before the vandalism.
My great-grandparents, Obediah & Mary Jeffries Woodall and
another great-grandmother, Malinda Martin Norris are buried there.
Although, Alice Woodall, the daughter of Obediah & Mary, is on
the tombstone, she is buried in Vinton, Ohio.
My great great grandfather, James Boyd Woodall, is buried on the
Woodall homestead, now owned by Carroll Williams. I have a picture
of his tombstone, which I took when Mr. Williams was kind enough
to let me visit the homestead. There is also a Richard Woodall
Mary Jane Woodall Swartz
baptism with the Long Hollow congregation - it is likely Rev. Wm.
Cadle officiating, based on the timeframe. There are also
individuals identified in the crowd that were known to be members of
Wolfe Valley Baptist Church, a hand full of miles west of Long
Hollow. It could well be that this was a joint baptism service being
held for at least two or three of the Baptist churches that Rev.
Cadle served in the area at the time.
from the spring of 2007, taken by WVCPA volunteers. Sadly,
the church building is looking in pretty poor condition, and
to deteriorate. Oh, to be able to hear the praise music
its rafters once again...
to the right also from the spring of 2007 - taken of the >>
interior. The floorboards have been ripped up for firewood, the
windows have been knocked out, and the door kicked in, with
obvious remains of less than holy celebrations going on...
October 2010 update:
WVCPA contributors Steve & Charlotte Iman visited the church and
cemetery site in mid-October and gave these comments:
condition of Long Hollow Road appears to have improved
since the last report, but would recommend visiting the
cemetery during dry periods. The only problem
encountered was on the return trip, at the intersection
of Long Hollow Road and Foster Ridge Road. Long Hollow
Road forms a Y at the intersection, turning left onto
Foster Ridge Road is a much steeper incline, loose
gravel caused my vehicle to spin slightly,the
problem may possibly be avoided by turning right on
Foster Ridge Road, then find a place to turn.
traveling from Charleston, West Virginia, exit I-77 at
Ripley, exit 138, turn left on Rt. 62 South, travel .9
mile to Lower Parchment Valley Road CR 30/5. Turn left
onto Lower Parchment Valley Road, travel approximately
3.2 miles to Parchment Valley Road, CR 30, turn left
onto Parchment Valley Road, travel .4 mile to Foster
Ridge Road, turn right, follow Foster Ridge Road for 3.2
miles, turn right, this is Long Hollow Road, but no sign
is present. It could be a bit confusing near the former
Foster Chapel Church, Pickle bean Run is nearly straight
ahead, Foster Ridge Road continues around a sharp curve
to the left. (follow the most gravel). Once the turn
onto Long Hollow Road is made, travel .8 mile, the Long
Hollow Church is on the right, it is possible to park in
the road to the church. The cemetery is located on a
plateau to the right of the church, which may not be
available as a land mark in the near future. The road
forks near the church and a small creek is near the
road. These may be a more appropriate land marks, the
cemetery is located approximately 800' up a steep
embankment on the right side of the small creek .8 mile
from Foster Ridge Road."
During their visit,
they took photos of the cemetery (check the WVCPA cemetery section
for Jackson County soon for those!)
and the following photos of the church building:
Paraphrased from an article by published in 1990 "Jackson
County West Virginia Past and Present" by the Jackson County
We would love to add more old
photos of this church, if you have any to share. Does anyone have any more
historical accounts of this congregation that we could post on this
page, or any information on
any preservation efforts underway? Contact us at .
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