A Church, a School and Silver Creek

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A Church, a School and Silver Creek


I mentioned in an earlier column about the response I received after my column about lost schools. I was told about two schools on Jacks Creek Pike (Buffalo and Forest Hill) and one on Flint Road in the College Hill area (Broom Sage). I have since received a third call. Linda Ashley told me about the Reid School located near the present Hays Fork Baptist Church.

Based on two Madison County deed book listings, Ms. Ashley dates the school’s operations from 1813-1832. According to Deed Book I, p. 234, property was deeded from John Kincaid and Joseph Barnett to the trustees of a meeting house and school as of Jan. 13, 1813. One of the trustees was John Reid. Then in Deed Book II, p. 345, the land is deeded to Adam Rogers, as of April 20, 1832.

It is unclear whether the Adam Rogers is the father or son of the same name. The Rogers house is now the Visitors Center of the Richmond Battlefield Park. Ms. Ashley is president of the Battlefield Association.

The school was called the Reid School, the church was the Bethel Church of Old School Baptists. In 1819, the church was renamed the Hays Fork Baptist Church of Christ. According to Ms. Ashley, the church split in about 1850 and is now the Hays Fork Baptist and the Mt. Zion Christian. She also says the old Bethel building was flooded in the 1890s and had to be abandoned. Thank you, Ms. Ashley. More information about the history of the Hays Fork Baptist Church may be found in the recent book “How Firm the Foundation” available from the Tates Creek Baptist Association.

Hays Fork is a branch that flows into Silver Creek, in turn, meanders all over Madison County. There have been a number of Silver Creek schools and churches over the years. How did Silver Creek get its name? One story is that a rider came to the creek shore. He had bags of silver coins slung over his saddle. Starting to ford the creek, he got about half way when the rope broke and the bags of silver fell into the creek. The bags burst open and the coins scattered all over the creekbed. The rider gathered up as many as he could, but many remained under the water. This gave a silver color to the body of water, hence Silver Creek. Now you know.

This then is the sketchy story we have of the Reid School and the Bethel/Hays Fork Baptist Church. Thanks again, Ms. Ashley.


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “A Church, a School and Silver Creek,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed May 26, 2022, https://madisonsheritage.eku.edu/items/show/1785.