Brim to lead fall history lesson
by Allen Worrell, News Writer
The Carroll County Historical Society will hold its Fall History Lesson on Sunday afternoon, September 18, at 3 P.M. at the historic Hillsville Courthouse in Hillsville, VA. The featured speaker will be Randle Brim of Asheboro, N.C. Brim is a freelance researcher and writer who published articles, from 2002 to 2006, in The Simple Pleasures, a monthly publication of The Mount Airy News. In 2007, he authored the book, Tragedy To Triumph, a 376-page account of the tragic Flat Rock School Fire that occurred in 1957, just outside of Mount Airy, N.C.
Brim, for the past eight years, has focused his research and writings on the Six Rock Churches, and its late minister, the Rev. Bob Childress. In 2005, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources contacted Brim for assistance in applying the Six Rock Churches for the National Register. Brim was honored as the co-author of the historical application that resulted in the Six Rock Churches being listed on the Virginia State Register in 2006 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. In 2007, The Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitor Center at Hillsville contacted Brim and sought his assistance in writing and designing a brochure for visitors and tourists to the Six Rock Churches. The tri-fold multi-colored brochure, entitled The Rock Churches of Virginias Blue Ridge Plateau, has since gone through four printings.
From his research and travels for the past eight years in southwest Virginia on the topic of the Six Rock Churches, Rev. Childress, and mountain missions in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brim is writing a forthcoming book. At the society meeting, Brim will give a presentation of the general overview and the status of his book. The presentation will primarily focus on his findings in Carroll County, although the book will detail mountain mission work in eight different Virginia counties.
The presentation will focus on a time period from 1915 to about 1940, in which a pioneer female mountain missionary traveled throughout the mountains of Carroll County and laid the groundwork for the later Rev. Childress and other Presbyterian ministers. This female mission worker was the surprise discovery in Brims research. Some years ago, a Carroll County newspaper writer sought information to publish an article about this female missionary, little information could be found, and consequently no article was written about this unknown mountain missionary.
The public is invited to attend this important and informative meeting, along with all the society members. Please attend and learn about this mystery female mission worker who may have been the greatest influence in bringing about a historical pioneering and expansion of Presbyterian mountain missions in Carroll County, beginning in 1915.
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