The Second Great Awakening, also known as the Great Revival, was sweeping the nation as the roots of a young Overton County were taking hold. Replacing what may be termed as the "secular society" of the 1700s, religious institutions were once again gaining great favor with the nation's people.
Overton County was no exception. Brush Arbor meetings became commonplace, lasting for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Work was often suspended to afford everyone the opportunity to attend.
As the population grew, so did the houses of worship and denominations of faith.
Today, our faith and spirituality remain the foundation of the community, with more than 100 churches representing a variety of denominations anchored throughout the county.
From food drives and fish fries to singings and revivals, holiday programs and summer Bible schools for the kids, our churches serve as a testament to the importance of our collective faiths.
Whatever your personal faith, our churches are always glad to see new faces, welcoming visitors with open hearts, open arms, and a strong faith.
Many of the county's first churches are still standing, having become community landmarks that still mark the grassy knolls and steep hillsides of the county. Pictured above is the old Okolona Church, where services are still held on the first Sunday in July each year.
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