Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sugar Grove Area Filled With Nature's Beauty and History

All sections of our county have many aspects of historical interest and beautiful scenery.   Many are hidden from view as they are not located on the main highways.  That makes them all the more beautiful if you have to walk to find them.  It's always good to have a person that lives in the area and knows the spots to visit and also the local history on them.

Some history located on the Sugar Grove Church Road about six miles from Marion off of Hwy. 120.  

The first Sugar Grove church was build in a narrow thickly wooded valley near a beautiful spring, which flowed from the hillside among countless Maple Sugar trees, from which the church took its name.

The windows were made seven or eight feet from the ground and formerly had heavy wooden shutters for protection from Indians.  The church was build on a small incline that looked over the meadow and creek.

In 1884 the church members, with the help of the community built a new frame church about three fourths of a mile northwest of the old church on high ground, which was more convenient to get to.  Where the present Sugar Grove Church is located.

When the new church was built, the congregation marked the old historic location with a monument and an engraved marker in hopes of preserving the location of the first church.

This area is well blessed with many natural caves and rock overhangs, or shelters as they are called.
Indians and probably the first pioneers found shelter under many of these when they first arrived in this area.

One of these scenic view is located across Sugar Creek not too far from the old church location.  To the local families that lived in the area, this was known as the Ora Murray Cave.

The Indian Fireplace overhang, named by the young boys that loved to roam and explore these exciting natural wonders.

No better way to spend a day than hiking and seeing these wonderful beautiful sights in our county.

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