Few churches in Campbell County can say they saw the Civil War begin and end. In Jellico, the Good Hope United Baptist Church was a fixture when Abraham Lincoln himself was a young man.
On Oct. 9, 1844, a small church was started in present-day Jellico. In those days, before the coal rush, the town was known as Smithburg. At that time, the area’s residents had to travel several miles to Jellico Creek Baptist Church in Kentucky for weekly worship. That changed when the Jellico Creek Baptist Church built Good Hope Meeting for the mountain’s residents.
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