~“A tortoise in the offering plate”~

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM.

“Igdaliah” is not a name you hear much anymore. It is pronounced “ig-dal-yaw,” probably “ig-dahl-yah” in the heart of the Florida Panhandle when folks dropped everything to build a church for everybody to use. From a Southern point of view, the name Igdaliah means “God is great.”

The Moss Hill Methodist Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, having a sign noting such out front. I did not find out about another interesting story until after my most recent visit. Due to the type of wood used to construct the church, hand and footprints can be seen on the ceiling. The church was built of lumber from pine heartwood, also known as lighter or fatwood (what some folks start a fire with). As this wood gets older, it gets stronger and becomes immune to water and termites.

Those Methodists were pretty smart (even if Grandmama thought they partied on Saturday night).

If you have ever handled this type of wood, you know it is very sticky and usually oozing a resin. This sticky resin on the lumber captured the hand, finger, and foot prints of the folks doing the work. So if you go to the Moss Hill Church, look up!

During this holiday season, it’s a good time to look up everywhere you are.

After I looked closely at the pictures I made, I realized that I had captured some of the children’s and carpenters handprints and footprints without even knowing it.

Vernon, at one time was known as the “World’s Leading Gopher-Shipping Port.” That’s right, Vernon was a “World Leader” in shipping out gophers. On my trip to the Vernon Historical Society’s Archives, I found it in a book. It is true.

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