Hinton Rural Life Center Records,1958-1978

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Hinton Rural Life Center Records,1958-1978
Hinton Rural Life Center
7 microfilm reels; 68 items
Appalachia -- Organizations, religious
Clay County, North Carolina -- Organizations, religious
Organizations, religious -- Hinton Rural Life Center
Cooperative ministry -- Hinton Rural Life Center
Hayesville, North Carolina -- Hinton Rural Life Center
Churches, Methodist -- Clay County (North Carolina) Methodist Church
Clay County, North Carolina -- Churches, Methodist
Hayesville, North Carolina -- Clay County Methodist Church
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
Berea College

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Hinton Rural Life Center, named in memory of Georgia businessperson Harold Hopkins Hinton, was founded in 1957. A hunting and fishing lodge being built by Hinton at the time of his death was bought by Velma and Walter Moore and donated to the Clay County Methodist Church. By the early 1960s it became a non-profit corporation and eventually became the property of the United Methodist Church.
Center staff were involved with such groups as the Appalachian Development Committee of the United Methodist Church and the Commission on Religion in Appalachia. The Center sponsored conferences and seminars, established volunteer and youth programs, and served as a religious retreat center. Two directors of the Center, the Reverend Harold McSwain and the Reverend Doyce Gunter, were involved in the idea of cooperative ministry that allowed parish members a stronger more participatory voice in governance of the church, therefore contributing to parish renewal and growing membership.
Scope and Content
These document the founding, administration, and programs of the Hinton Rural Life Center at Hayesville in Clay County, North Carolina.