LANSING — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to support a proclamation for the 100th anniversary of Tuckerdale Missionary Baptist Church that was presented to the board at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.
Mike Powers of Tuckerdale Missionary Baptist Church appeared before the board to read the proclamation which included a brief history of the church.
Tuckerdale Missionary Baptist Church of Lansing, was founded on Dec. 20, 1915 after a revival at the Tuckerdale School House in which several members of the Tuckerdale community professed their faith.
The church was constructed in 1917, standing in the same location as the Tuckerdale School House. The church included eight charter members: Rev. Elihu Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. James Wagoner, Mrs. Nannie Tucker, Lydia Caudill and Malissia Darnell, who was responsible for naming the church.
There was originally only a footbridge and railroad trestles for people to cross Big Horse Creek to get to the church. A large bridge was built to replace the footbridge in 1945 and then a steel bridge was built in 1982.
Tragedy struck the church on Feb. 11, 2008 when the main church building was consumed by a fire. A new building was dedicated on May 9, 2009 after church members rallied together to rebuild the church with tremendous support from the community and surrounding area.
According to the proclamation, Ashe County has benefited from the Christian influence of the church through the years.
“You have a beautiful setting and a beautiful church,” Commissioner William Sands said. “Every time I go up that way I stop and look at it.”
Tuckerdale Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2678 South Big Horse Creek Road in Lansing. The church holds service each Sunday at 11 a.m.
For more information about Tuckerdale Missionary Baptist Church, visit www.tuckerdalebaptistchurch.org or call 336-384-9281.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.