Title of Collection
1811 - 1950
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.
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.
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.
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
Center for Restoration Studies Manuscripts #314
Center for Restoration Studies
[identification of item], [file or folder name], Brush Run Church Collection, 1811-1950. Center for Restoration Studies MS #314. Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives, Brown Library. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.
Finding Aid created by
Darren Hagood, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Ashlen Planes
H.E. Matheny, Alexander Campbell