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Stop 18: Old Bluff Church and Cemetery

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    Organized in 1758, Old Bluff Presbyterian Church is one of oldest Presbyterian churches in Cumberland County. This church along with Long Street Presbyterian and Barbecue Presbyterian Churches provided the Scottish population of the Upper Cape Fear Valley with longtime formal congregations. The adjacent cemetery is one of the oldest in the county. Many early Scottish settler and merchant families are buried there: including Colonel Alexander McAllister (a leading county patriot in the American Revolution), Farquhard Campbell and David Marshall (Carbine) Williams (invented the semi-automatic M1 Carbine rifle used in World War II). The present Greek Revival structure was built in 1858. This church still holds regular services.

    Hours: Daily, before dusk. Exterior view or appointment only.

    Next Stop: Turn around on Old Bluff Church Road. Make a left onto Sisk Culbreth Road. Make a left onto Burnett Road. Burnett Road becomes NC 82. Make a left to stay on NC 82. Follow NC 82 bearing left towards Erwin. Make a left onto Old Cutoff Road. Make a left onto NC 217 (sign says 513th Street). Make a right onto Main Street/NC 217. Continue on Main Street/NC 217 as it becomes Linden Road/NC 217.

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