Saving History: Old Mulberry Church to get much-needed facelift

Friday, May 4, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- A church that is believed to have stood since at least the Civil War is about to get a facelift, thanks to some concerned neighbors and local businesses.

Shawn Turner, who owns a local painting business, lives next to the Mulberry Church on Cisco Road near Berryville. The church, which has been inactive for years, is still a place where a handful of people gather to meet once in a while.

Turner explained his involvement: "I was watching the church get older and older, and thought to myself, 'I am a painter, I just can't sit here and let a piece of history rot.'"

Turner said his first step was to contact Joann Morris, who has been connected with the church for many years. Morris got Turner in touch with Don and Louise Tharp and Danny High.

They all got together last year and cleaned out the old church and organized the place.

Turner said this week that things are about in place for a refurbishment. He said that the first thing they plan to do is get new metal on the roof.

"With the pitch of that roof, I'm not going to have someone do that for free." Turner said. "We will have to come up with a way to pay to have the roof done."

After the roof, Turner said that Clint Clark of On-site Construction would be replacing old boards. Shawn Cain at Powell's Ace Hardware will be donating the paint. Worley's Rental will be donating a lift in the name of Fred Worley, Freddie Worley's uncle who attended the church. Turner will be taking on the painting of the inside and outside of the church with his crew. Turner said he will pay the crew out of his own pocket, so donations can go toward the roof and other improvements that may be needed.

Turner said that for people who are interested in helping, there is an account set up at First National Bank of North Arkansas where they will accept donations.

"When this is all done, I would love to see the place used for picnics or reunions." Turner said. "I hope to have the people involved out for a celebration. Maybe a ribbon cutting, and if it can be made safe, ring the old church bell again."

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  • It would be nice if Services were held there once

    again and the Church be used for what it was built for.

    -- Posted by fosterfoster7289 on Fri, May 4, 2012, at 8:55 PM
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