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Old Philadelphia - Larkin Cemetery
Izard County,

Sometimes called the Larkin Cemetery. Located at Larkin - 4 miles N.E. of Melbourne. Township 17 North, Range 8 West, Section 20. Surveyed by Leeda O'Neal. Updated in 1997 by Carroll and Carol Hayden and Newt and Jean Blankenship.

Lat 36.11063
Lng 91.86681

Melbourne, Arkansas - Thursday, March 28, 1957.
The Centennial Celebration for the Old Philadelphia Methodist Church is set for the First Sunday in July, 1957. The program plans are not complete at the present time, but a tentative program will be somthing like the following: Sunday School at 9:30 A.M. to 10:15 A.M. About thirty minutes of congreagational and class singing will last until 11:00 A.M. Then a history of the church will be given by someone, to be selected, followed by an inspirational message by someone also to be selected, and a basket lunch and visiting at noon. The afternoon will be given to singing and a period of personal testimony by those who wish to do so. The program will be announced when it is complete.
The reason for this early announcement is to ask everyone to mark their calendar for the first Sunday in July and to give plenty of time to make your plans. Maybe you would want to plan your summer vacation to include this occasion. Another purpose of this announcement is to ask those who know of either relatives or friends that would not have the chance to read this announcement to write to those people as soon as possible so they can plan also. This will be a great day in the life of the old church. Cooperation is needed by all in the matter of getting the word around so as to make the day successful.

Calico Rock Progress
Jul 12, 1956
Oldest church In Arkansas

About five miles from Melbourne in the small community of Larkin, is found the "Old Philadelphia Church," built in 1857, which is said to be the oldest church in Arkansas. It is located beside a cemetery (sic) that dates back 150 years. The church is still used by a few faithful members, and until the recent North Arkansas Conference, when she and her husband were transferred to Southwest Missouri, Mrs. D. G. Hindman, was the pastor.

Of considerable interest is the interior of the little frame building. The pews were planed by slave labor, and have entrances on the right side of the church for women and on the left for men. Between the women's and the men's side is a row of tall posts where the lamps used to rest. The windows are very large and high. A neat bulletin board carries the total budget of the church - bishop's fund, missionary, pastor's salary, and all, at $12.51 monthly payments for the entire congregation. And we were assured that the little church was right up to date on its funds.
(From the files of Vera Reeves.)

Contributed on 11/27/07

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Submitted: 11/27/07 • Approved: 11/6/16 • Last Updated: 11/9/16 • R1285-G0-S3

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