Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span

1811 - 1950

Inclusive Dates--Bulk


Scope and Content Note

Two wood blocks from support beams that originally were a part of Brush Run Church in Washington County, Pennsylvania where Alexander Campbell preached. The artifacts are accompanied by a framed statement from H. E. Matheny detailing the origin and subsequent uses of the wood blocks. He explains the blocks have a dark color from coal soot from its use as a blacksmith shop.

Biographical Note

Brush Run Church is the place where Alexander Campbell preached his first sermon on March 10, 1811. The building was sold and moved, used a blacksmith shop, and then, in 1950, the framework was bought by Bethany College and moved to Bethany, West Virginia.

Donor Note

Henry Brigman received these blocks from a friend who owned an antique business. His friend received them from a man who was a friend of the president of Bethany College (the final destination of the wood blocks).


The wood blocks and the statement were bubble wrapped and placed into an acid free box. One of the blocks was left in its original wrapping. The other block and the statement were opened and re-wrapped.

Content List

Framed Statement of Origin

Two Wood Blocks from Old Brush Run Church


Churches of Christ -- History -- 19th century Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Brush Run Church Manuscripts



Extent of Collection

1.5 linear feet

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #314

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Darren Hagood, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Ashlen Planes

Subjects--Personal Names

H.E. Matheny, Alexander Campbell


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