Bethel Mission

Bethel Mission (HM1N44)

Location: McCool, MS 39108 Attala County
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N 33° 14.166', W 89° 26.391'

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About half a mile northwesterly, Bethel, meaning "House of God" was opened in 1822 as one of thirteen Choctaw mission stations. Indians, slaves, and other men "labored hard during four weeks ... frequently till 10 o'clock at night, by the light of the moon or large fires" to clear the forest and erect the buildings.
     The missionaries who took the gospel to the wilderness also taught farming, carpentry, weaving, and housekeeping as well as reading, writing, and arithmetic to Choctaw and other area children. In 1826, people moved from the Trace to new road and Bethel was closed.
HM NumberHM1N44
Series This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 1:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 272660 N 3680115
Decimal Degrees33.23610000, -89.43985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 14.166', W 89° 26.391'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 14' 9.96" N, 89° 26' 23.46" W
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Area Code(s)662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Natchez Trace Pkwy, McCool MS 39108, US
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