WGNS Radio, December 19, 2017
Several gathered in the 42-degree December air to celebrate a structure long forgotten except by the most enthusiastic local historians.
Frances Victory Crick Oldham made use of her incredible energy and dedication to raise funds and place a marker from the Tennessee Historical Commission at the intersection of Smyrna’s Enon Springs Road and Florence Road.
The ‘Enon Meeting House’ was constructed by enslaved persons owned by John Nash Read in c1810 on land owned Read. Read later deeded the two acres to the Baptist Church, known as the Enon Springs Baptist Church.
Enon Springs Baptist Church was member of the Concord Baptist Association. Enon Springs Baptist Church was the forerunner to Smyrna’s First Baptist Church, today known as LifePoint Baptist Church. State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) stated, “You know, people forget the contribution of churches to the history of our communities. Black churches, white churches ALL have contributed to our community.”
State Rep. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro/Smyrna), “It is so very important for all of us to remember the contribution our houses of worship made in the formation of Smyrna.”
Frank Caperton, president of the Rutherford County Historical Society, mentioned “Francis Oldham is proof how one person can make a difference when preserving and promoting our local history.”