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    The Old Clifty Church

     

        The Old Clifty Church is one of the earliest places of worship in Greene County.  It is approximately 130 years old.  The church is located twelve miles southeast of Bloomfield, on County Road 225 South just off State Road 45 about two and one-half miles south of Little Cincinnati.

         The origin of the Old Clifty Church began when Daniel Dobson deeded one acre of land to be used for a church in 1858.  The church was built using yellow poplar logs, which were cut from the surrounding hillsides.  The logs were then dragged to the church where they were erected on the site.  Building began before the Civil War but the church was not completed until 1867 after the men had returned from the war.  The trustees then started a Protestant Methodist Church.

         In 1897 a basket dinner was held.  Those that attended the event then voted to have an annual basket dinner on the second Sunday of August.  Church services were held once a month.

         In 1909, the trustees called another meeting to organize the repair of the church.  They presented the contract to Squire Holman.  He then installed a new galvanized roof, replaced the floor with new lumber, and hand-built the oak seats, which are still in use today.

         After the repairs to the church were completed, interest and attendance increased.  When night services were held, women and children would carry their hymnals and lanterns from their homes to the church.

         In 1915, the United Brethren Church held services in the building.  Many diverse groups have used the church in the past.  No denomination has ever been denied the right to worship in it.

         In 1942, some zealots moved in and wanted to sell the church to an eastern promoter who hoped to ship it to his New York amusement park.  A newly-formed Clifty Church Memorial Association quickly stepped in and purchased the Wesleyan Methodist Church for $125.  More repairs were then made to the building.  New windows, doors, foundation, roof, gables, and chimney were installed.  Chinking were also replaced.

         In 1964, the Clifty School ground was purchased by the Memorial Association and made into a parking lot.  A well was drilled and a new red iron hand pump was installed in 1965.  Through the years many changes and additions have been made to the Clifty Church.  People have donated time and money to make beautiful and useful the one acre of land given by Daniel Dobson.  From the Bedford stone quarries, men have brought stones to create and amphitheater of seats.  Because of the huge gatherings at the annual homecoming dinners, the men created a table of slab and block stone one-and-one-half times as long as the church itself.

     

      Article and Pictures Courtesy of Greene County Homes, Volume 2, 2005 Issue.  A publication of The Greene County Board of Realtors, Inc.

         
     
     


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