Lufty Baptist Church

Just inside the park boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is a church that up until my last visit, I had never even seen before. Perhaps because of the foliage on the trees during the different times of the year? Maybe. Who knows for sure. On this particular occasion, the trees were bare. I spotted the church to my right way up on the hillside. I had to turn around and come back to a side road that went in that direction. With the church now in front of me, I found a small parking area to stop and get out. As I ascended the hill, the tall building loomed overhead blending very well into the surrounding forest. The small wooden sign next to the pathway stated that this was Lufty Baptist Church. Established in 1836. Reconstructed in 1912. It is in an area of the park known as Smokemont, on the North Carolina side. Although the church was closed in 1939, it is open to park visitors who wish to see the inside.

To enjoy a larger view, please click on the image below!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I encourage you to join the conversation by writing your thoughts below as I truly like to hear from all of my visitors! πŸ™‚



29 thoughts on “Lufty Baptist Church

  1. Hi,
    That is amazing to think it was originally built in 1836, but how wonderful that they left it open for people to have a look, that is just fantastic. πŸ™‚
    It is very unusual the way it is built, a bit different than want you normally see even given the age it is. I love what looks to be a tower up the top with boarded windows, maybe there is a staircase to the top? The tower looks like it may have been added on at some point for some reason. It certainly would have a lot of history attached to it. A fantastic find, and a great photo. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks for the wonderful comments Mags! These buildings were built to stand the test of time, for sure! It is great that you can still go inside and look around. The tower is actually a bell-tower. There was a rope hanging down that you could pull and ring the bell!


      • I never thought of a bell tower, of course I should of known by the way the space at the top was boarded up, not windows but openings so everyone could see the bell. πŸ™‚


          • Thank You very much for the info on the tower. I love anything to do with history and am always fascinated by old buildings and the secrets they hold, and over the years I’m sure there are many secrets attached these wonderful places. πŸ˜€


    • Thank you so much for the great comments Mike! I agree about the angle of shooting. I tried different views and perspectives. I have one shot with more trees in front and I’m standing back further. But it just didn’t really convey the sense of power like you said. This shot really worked for me. Thanks again my friend!


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