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Hinton Rural Life Center Records,1958-1978

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Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr


Hinton Rural Life Center Records




Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

Conditions Governing Access note

Copyright has not been assigned to Berea College.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Hinton Rural Life Center Records, KYSX355-A, 1958-1978Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


7 microfilm reels; 68 items


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.


  • 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

User Restrictions

Permission to publish from the microfilmed records must be secured from the Hinton Rural Life Center or its assigns; permission to reproduce photographs must be secured from Special Collections, Berea College.

Related Material

Guide to the Hinton Rural Life Center Collection. Berea, Kentucky: Berea College, 1985.

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