One of Greene County's hidden treasures
of gospel music is the
Cross Anchor Community Center. Every Saturday evening music lovers
from the region gather for an evening of fun, fellowship, worship
and the best music in the world: Southern Gospel Music. Local,
regional, and national groups have all graced the stage at Cross
Anchor in the past years.
and join us in fellowship and God's word presented in song this
Saturday night. Groups take the stage for approximately an hour
and a half. There is a brief intermission and chance to
participate in the cake walks and auctions whose proceeds go to
the upkeep of the center. A love offering is taken to help support
the groups and further their ministries.
The first Cross Anchor School was a two story
building with one room on each floor built in the late 1800's. The present building was completed and
open in 1914. The school was built by men who lived in community. When the
school opened, three teachers were employed. Later a
fourth teacher was added to teach music and assist with other duties as needed.
The first teachers were Hunley Easterly, Bess Brown and Mae Davis. Joel Pierce
was the school superintendent at the time.
Water was carried in buckets from a nearby
spring and everyone drank from the same dipper. Years later a well was dug. A
barn was built across the road for the horses of students and teachers who lived
too far to walk to school. Eventually cars began to show up. Mildred and Fred
McAmis were the first students remembered to drive a car to school. Before
outhouses were built the students used the woods across the road; boys to the
right and girls to the left.
If a funeral was held at the nearby
Presbyterian Church, all the students attended. When revivals were held the
whole school marched down the road for the 11 AM services. Around 1960 the school was closed due to
consolidation efforts in the county.
Over recent years the building has been used
for a number of purposes. Today, Cross Anchor Community Center
houses weekly gospel singings every Saturday evening at 6 PM.
Baileyton. Turn onto (S.R. # 172) to Greeneville. At approximately 6 miles
turn left on Old Baileyton Road for approximately .5 miles. CACC is on the
hill to the left.
Take (S.R. #
172) north to Baileyton. At approximately 6 miles turn right
on Old Baileyton Road for approximately .5 miles. CACC is on the
hill to the left.
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