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Long Street Presbyterian Church

by Mary Keene Remsburg, 2006

Long Street Presbyterian Church. Image courtesy of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Vistors Bureau. The Long Street Presbyterian Church, originally known as McKay's Meeting House, was established in 1756 on land that is now part of the Fort Bragg military reservation to serve a community of Scottish settlers. In 1758 the Reverend James Campbell, a Scotsman, established three "preaching stations": Long Street, Bluff, and Barbecue Churches. These are among the oldest Presbyterian churches in North Carolina. The third building to house the Long Street congregation, a Greek Revival derivation, was constructed in 1847 and still stands on the military reservation amid firing ranges and training fields not generally accessible to the public. Elise Academy, a boarding school, was once located near the church. In 1921 the federal government purchased the church building and six acres surrounding it for addition to the Fort Bragg; it now maintains the building, the cemetery, and the grounds.

Many gravestones in the cemetery bear the inscription "Born in Scotland," and a large monument commemorates the burial at the site of a number of Civil War dead, including 30 Confederate casualties from a nearby battle. On the last Sunday in June each year, descendants of former members of Long Street congregation gather at the church for a worship service, a picnic lunch, and a program to recount their Scottish Highlands heritage.


William C. Field, A Guide to Historic Sites in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, North Carolina (1993).

R. A. McLeod, Long Street Presbyterian Church (1923).

John A. Oates, The Story of Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear (1972).

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Long Street Presbyterian Church. Image courtesy of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Vistors Bureau. Available from (accessed June 5, 2012).

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