Dale County, AL - As you drive down Dale County Road 38, what may look like any old country church has been part of the community for more than 150 years.
“The church has survived. It has gone through a series of moving. But through it all they survived,” said church member Ovetta Smith.
Greater Old Salem Church was built on land that later became part of Fort Rucker.
The church moved to its current spot in 1942. But the history goes back much further.
Its cemetery is home to over 200 burials, some dating back to the 1800s.
“There is so much history here in this cemetery of the members who have come past this way. I’m actually humbled by what I see. We have veterans, we have people who have lived at least 100 years old. The oldest marker in our cemetery dated 1849,” said Pastor J.D. Hillsman.
Now a historical marker has been erected to remind people of the past.
“One should never forget your foundation,” said Smith. “ The ones there whose names we are unaware of and we don’t know anymore, this tells them that we remember you and we appreciate what you do. We are building on that strength. We hope when you look at us today you’ll smile and say we did good.”
Church members hope to do good for centuries to come.