The oldest Presbyterian church in west Tennessee was founded on Cub Creek in 1821, beforeÃ‚Â the townÃ‚Â was settled. The congregation moved to Denmark but outgrew its home at a Baptist school.
Using slave labor, the Snipes brothers had the churchÃ‚Â built in just six days in 1854, and the church was ready for worship the next Sunday. It originally also housed Masonic Lodge # 154 on the second floor. Many signatures of Masons are still visible on the wall and door of the lodge.
Civil War-era stories include that of Confederate soldiers hiding under the hoop skirts of their sweethearts when Union troops searched the church during a Sunday service.
The Denmark cemetery is on the original site of the Denmark Presbyterian Church, the largest cemetery in the area. Graves there date back to 1823,Ã‚Â including Ã‚Â many Civil War soldiers. TwoÃ‚Â soldiers' bodies were broughtÃ‚Â to the cemeteryÃ‚Â after the Battle of Britton Lane, just is four miles away. It includes a mass grave of Mass grave of 28 Confederate soldiers killed in 1863. Many headstones are made of white Italian marble. General John Ingram, commander of the Denmark Danes during the Civil War,Ã‚Â is buried at Denmark Presbyterian cemetery.
The building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places and Tennessee Trail, and is overseen by the Big Black Creek Historical Association. Plans are to convert the churchÃ‚Â to a museum after repairs are complete.
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