Bryant Historical Society to hold talk on Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter

The Bryant Historical Society will present its first of four programs at the Mabel Boswell Memorial Library this evening at 6.

The speaker who was to speak on the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic will not be able to speak due to illness. Subsequently, Steve Perdue, Saline County historian will present a program on Andrew Hunter, the father of Arkansas Methodism.

These programs are for the general public to become familiar with Bryant history.

Andrew Hunter was a circuit-riding minister in the middle 1800’s.He lived in Bryant and was active in politics as well as the religious development of the community. At one time he was asked to run for governor of the state.

His home in Bryant on Stagecoach Road is on the National Register of Historic Places. His farm was the location of the Skirmish at Hurricane Creek 150 years ago. This was one of the last battles of the Civil War.

His farm was also the location of Hunter Chapel, which was a sister church of the First United Methodist Church. The churches are said to have first started around campfires at what is now the Bryant Cemetery.

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