Sunday, July 17, 2016

The OTHER Church on the Hill

Located about four miles east of Bradford is Boyd's Grove church. Organized in 1851 by six families that had been meeting in their homes, the name was taken from the settlement of Boyd's Grove which was once located to the north. The church was built at a cost of $800.00. The lumber milled on sight and the stone quarried over in Sparland.

Lightning struck the church in 1919 and it burned tot he ground, a total loss. That might have been the end of it but perseverance paid off and the church was rebuilt in 1921 and still stands, and holds services, to this day.  It's a quiet place on most days and the day we were there the sun was shining, the skies blue and wispy clouds floated overhead.

Boyd's Grove Church is located on the Wyanet-Walnut road. Turn left and follow the road South until you come to county road 200 N. The church is there on the intersection.


  1. My dad was pastor at the Manlius Baptist Church or know as the Sand Hill Baptist Church out on the backbone road. Still going and folks are buried in the cemetery behind on the hill. Lots of memories growing up there for 9 years all through grade school.

  2. Illinois is full of small, country churches that serve our communities. I'll visit most of them as long as I can.


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