From: Larry Caver
On May 1, 2020, the Old Autauga Historical Society (OAHS) was given a $500 donation from the Atagi Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to be used towards the preservation of the Old Vine Hill Presbyterian Church, located near Jones in Western Autauga County. The funds will be used specifically for repainting the exterior of the church.
Vine Hill Presbyterian Church was established in 1879 by members of the Presbyterian Church in Selma, who made Vine Hill their summer home. The first church building was destroyed by fire in the 1880s. The present structure, which was made of native heart pine throughout, was constructed in 1887. The church has arched walls that roll up into the ceiling above. The interior is stained throughout. The church thrived through the 1900s, but membership began to pass away, or move off to other areas. The church discontinued services about 1990. The church has set empty for several years. Efforts to save the historic structure began in 2019. OAHS has a three-year plan for restoring the church, which includes repairing and reglazing all the windows, repainting the exterior, replacing the interior tongue & groove flooring, restoring the original belfry, and other improvements to the old cemetery and grounds.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) members are passionate about community service, preserving history, educating children, as well as honoring and supporting those who serve our nation. The Atagi Chapter DAR was organized in 2012 and is based in Prattville. The chapter currently has 69 members and meets the third Saturday of the month from September through May. If you are interested in knowing more about membership, or have any questions, you can contact us at atagiasdar.weebly.com.