Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church
Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church is located in the northeastern part of Washington County, just south of the Bluegrass Parkway. From the parkway take Highway 555 south, and then make a right turn onto Highway 153. It was begun in 1833 on part of the land owned by my ancestor, Captain John Linton. Many of the “old people” are buried in the cemetery at the back of the church. There are Lintons, Morans, Janes, Keenes and others – all descended from the Captain.
It is rather ironic that my husband and I both have connections to this church. Rex Brown, Ritchey’s dad, was a lawyer in Independence, Missouri, when he decided to attend seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He became pastor at Pleasant Grove. My husband attended grade school in Washington County for a few years before the family became missionaries. They were in Belgian Congo for three years.
In 1983, shortly after Ritchey and I were married, we attended the 150th anniversary, and in 2008 again attended the 175th anniversary of the church. The people there are very gracious and had many fond memories to tell of Ritchey and his brothers when they lived there as young boys.
While there I took many pictures of the church and gravestones in the cemetery. This year I hope to go back and take pictures of each of the stones.
Below: View of the cemetery from the back of the church.