PEEKING INTO THE PAST: Silver Springs Baptist Church

Published 9:50 am Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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First organized in 1857, Silver Springs Baptist Church near Norwood began with seven charter members: John Gimrey, Ferdnand Foreman, Manlove Kimrey, C.C. Foreman, Noah Mauldin, Rebecca Hudson and Lucinda Cooper. The church was named Silver Springs because a large spring nearby was thought to contain silver. The church members originally met under a brush arbor and then built their first building in 1858. The Stanly Baptist Association was formed during 1885 and they held their first session in December at this church. The first church building was used until a new sanctuary was built in 1889. The church continued to grow and by 1908, it was one of the larger congregations in the county with 312 members. The current church building was constructed in 1927. An educational building was added in 1970, and a fellowship building was dedicated in 1987. {Lewis Bramlett – Stanly County Historical Society}