Title of Collection

Bethany College Collection


Bethany College

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


Inclusive Dates--Span

1811 - 1950

Scope and Content Note

Two wood blocks from support beams that originally were a part of Old Brush Run Church in Washington County Pennsylvania where "Bishop" Alexander Campbell preached (beams then had subsequent uses). Also there is a framed statement from H.E. Matheny detailing the origin and subsequent uses of the wood blocks. The blocks have a dark color from coal soot since it was used for a blacksmith shop in the years after the church (this is according to a note that came with the framed statement)

Biographical Note

Old Brush Run Church is the place where Alexander Campbell preached his first sermon, March 10, 1811. It was later sold and moved, being made into a blacksmith shop and then in 1950 the framework was bought by Bethany College and moved to Bethany, W. Va.

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.


Brush Run Church



Extent of Collection

1.5 linear feet

Manuscript Number

MS #314

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Closed to public research. Contact Milliken Special Collections for assistance

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Darren Hagood

Subjects--Personal Names

H.E. Matheny, Alexander Campbell


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