Museum to host concert by Stony Knoll gospel Sunday

Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Across generations since the 1880s, voices have harmonized in songs of praise in the vicinity of what is now Stony Knoll Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Mill Spring.

The Rev. Arbutus “Arby” Hines and the Stony Knoll C.M.E. Church Ensemble will perform their favorite gospel songs during a free concert at the Polk County Historical Museum Sunday. (Submitted photo)

On Sunday, the history and songs of the church come to the Polk County Historical Museum, during a concert from 2 to 3 p.m. that afternoon. The gospel singers acapella ensemble of the Rev. Arbutus “Arby” Hines, Barbara Cummings, Linda Jackson and Betty Landrum will sing, and explain the meaning of each selection.

Admission to the event is free. People are encouraged to visit the exhibits at the museum after the concert.

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Hines will also share a history of the historic church that started with singing under a brush arbor. In 1912, the harmonizing moved into a frame building that was replaced in 1945 by the block and mortar of today’s church.

The Polk County Historical Museum is located at 60 Walker St., Columbus. The entrance is on the lower level at the rear of the building.

For more information, call the museum at (828) 894-3351 or visit

– Submitted by Vincent Verrecchio