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Searcy County Church Nominated to National Registry

By: Wayne Powell
Posted: Monday, November 26, 2012

A Searcy County church has received nomination to the National Register of Historic Place, the country's official list of historically significant properties.   According to Arkansas Historic Preservation Director Frances McSwain, the Mary Greenhaw Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in Marshall is one of three properties to receive a nomination in the state.

The church is a Gothic Revival-style building erected around 1900.   The National Register nomination says the building is important to the architectural legacy of Searcy County as a good example of the Gothic Revival style.   Although Searcy County was relatively isolated at the beginning of the twentieth century, the design of the church illustrates how elements of high-style design filtered down to even the smallest communities.   The Gothic Revival style was probably the most popular style for churches in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the Mary Greenhaw Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church building further illustrates the popularity of the deign according to the National Register nomination.

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