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Euchee Valley Presbyterian

Euchee Valley Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Walton County, Florida

    Somewhere around the year 1820, while visiting the Pensacola, Florida area, a few Scotch travelers from North Carolina fell in with Sam Story, the Chief of the Euchee Indians who lived in a lovely valley in the panhandle area of Florida.  These travelers were invited to the Indian settlement known as the Euchee Valley.

    Within a few years a number of settlers had relocated their families, built their homes, and a “meetinghouse” on the site where the present Church is located.  By the year 1827 a sufficient number (fifteen charter members) were worshiping together to petition the South Alabama Presbytery to be incorporated into a Presbyterian Church.  (I am in possession of a copy of the minutes of the presbytery meeting where that action was approved.)  There has been a continuous worshiping congregation since.

    The church building was first a “round log-cabin” structure.  Soon it was overcrowded, and a new building was erected about the year 1848.  In the 1920's the facility was remodeled and Sunday School rooms were added.  The building in use today is the result of those efforts.  In 2003, a modern Fellowship Hall was added.

    A cemetery has been part of the church since its beginning.  Many of the early settlers ar
e buried there, along with members of the community.  The listing of names, together with a plat of the cemetery was completed in 1994 by Winifred M. “Winnie” and William A. “Bill” Steadley-Campbell.  This listing was compiled in 2004 by Durl E. Odom.  Questions, or requests for pictures of the cemetery or grave markers, may be addressed to Durl Odom at dodom@panhandle.rr.com.  The information listed below is for research only and may not be published in by any means (print or internet) without my consent.

    Directions to the church/cemetery are: (1) From either east or west on U.S. Highway 90, take County Road 183S approximately 5 miles from their intersection at Argyle, Florida.  (2) From the South, travel State Road 20 to the intersection of State Road 81 in Bruce, Florida.  Travel approximately 15 miles north, to the intersection of State Road 81 and County Road 183N.  Travel County Road 183N approximately 5 miles to the church/cemetery.  The church/cemetery is located in the corner of C183N and C280E.

Transcription of the cemetery is attached below as an .rtf file.
Patrice Green,
Aug 8, 2010, 11:14 AM