Lindsay Chapel in rural Haskell County, Texas

Lindsay Chapel Church of Christ

I ran across a set of photographs from Texas while doing more cleaning out, and mixed in were three photographs of this abandoned rural church. Nothing much turned up about the location, other than it was near the Rockdale community in North East Haskell County. The right section of the front door had been gone a long time by the time I took this, and the interior had been damaged by weather from missing windows and holes in the roof. It was fall, based on the brown of the grasses and the color of the sun against the rock and grasses, and the shadow indicates it was late afternoon as the sun would have been low and west south west of the church. It would have been between 1994 and 2000, but I cannot narrow it any further than that.

The only thing showing up in the newspaper archives was a funeral in 1966, a funeral in 1970, and a reunion for Rockdale and the Lindsay Chapel church in 1973. A map search shows the rock building is still standing, although much greater roof damage is visible.

There were 2 small rooms behind the pulpit/altar, one likely the pastor’s study and one a classroom. The church could not have held many people, but in a rural farm community where the early population of the entire county was small, and declined after 1950, it would not have needed to. The first death date in the cemetery was 1907 and the last burial was in 2008.

Somewhere, there is likely a history of this church and the people who lived near the community and their stories are known: what brought them there, and from where. Given the family names that are listed in the cemetery, many of them remained through the years, or at least were returned for interment.

One name was D. L. Lindsay, born 1832 and died 1923 at age 91. Dan Ivy in 1935 said he moved to Haskell in 1894 and after 3 years, moved nine miles south of Stamford to live on the D. L. Lindsay place for 6 years. There are 11 members of the Ivy family born in the late 1800s and early 1900s who are buried in the Rockdale cemetery. Could Lindsay Chapel have been named for Mr. Lindsay? Did he perhaps donate the land for the church?

What will those who come so many years after us think about what we left behind?

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14 Responses to Lindsay Chapel in rural Haskell County, Texas

  1. peggy says:

    Interesting – a lot of history died with that building. Makes me sad, because I am a member of the Church of Christ. I have attended several small congregations over the years and saw one congregation I attended for 10 years close their doors. The abandoned church building is now a farm store.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Peggy, for your comments. It always made me feel sad when I saw one empty and deteriorating–there seemed to be a never ending supply of them in the rural areas around where I lived. I was thinking last night about the church again, and that although there were no signs of an old privy behind the church, they must have used one as there was no indoor toilet, and quite possibly, no way to get water anyway. The church my Grandma attended never got indoor plumbing either. The outhouse was still quite common while I was growing up in rural Texas. I imagine it is difficult to sustain a small and especially rural church these days with population shifts.

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  2. The church I grew up in was sold to another church last year. It’s going to be used as a wedding chapel. It is a bit sad to see history fading away, with no one to care.

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  3. socialbridge says:

    The photos are very atmospheric, Suz. Lovely light.

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  4. Betty says:

    Interesting mystery and building. I wonder what will become of it. I had not thought of small rural churches having an outhouse in the past. It would be a charming wedding chapel. You are a good detective.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty. The last time I was in Proffitt, the outhouses (separate for men and women by then) were still standing, although I am not sure if the church is still used–it is all big farming now.

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  5. Beth says:

    It is so sad and lonely in the pictures, haunting too, as if it is trying to tell its story or to call back its worshipers.

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