“Established in 1786, this was the first Methodist Episcopal Church to be erected on Tennessee soil. Bishop Francis Asbury preached here often. A ten-day revival held here by Rev. John A. Granade began the Great Revival of 1780-1781. The chapel was named for Timothy Acuff, who gave the land on which it was erected, and whose son. Rev. Francis Acuff, was a convert at the Granade meeting.” ~ Marker 1A-51, Tennessee Historical Commission
This historic cemetery is located approximately ½ mile south of Blountville on State Route 126. The cemetery is clean and well-cared for. Acuff Chapel was built between 1783 and 1786 on the land of Timothy Acuff, given to him for his service in the Revolutionary War. (According to Acuff-Ecoff Family Archives researcher Billie R. McNamara, Timothy Acuff purchased this land in Blountville. He never received a military land grant.) It is the oldest Methodist Church in Tennessee and was built by Timothy Acuff and Micajah Adams. The building was also used as a school.
“The original logs were used when the chapel was restored by the Holston Conference. The adjoining cemetery contains the remains of Francis Acuff, Timothy Acuff, Anna Leigh Acuff, and other early settlers. The Timothy Acuff log house, built before 1786, stands opposite the chapel and is a private home. The pews and pulpit are from Adams Chapel, which replaced Acuff’s Chapel in 1887.” ~ The General Commission on Archives & History of the United Methodist Church.
GPS coordinates: 36.534824371, -82.359588623, elevation 1614.
Map location: Blountville quad
Transcribed by Donna Briggs and Gary Sawyer on December 10, 2002, members of the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee.
Submitter — HW Hailey Williams
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