Mt. Gilead church is an historic church, west of Kearney, Missouri.


Available for rentals, open by appointment, or for special events. Owned & operated by the Clay County Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Department.

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15918 Plattsburg Road
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: 816-736-8500

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Mt. Gilead Church was organized in 1830 as a Primitive Baptist Church, with services held in the homes of its members. It became the Mt. Gilead Christian Church in 1841, with the first building constructed in 1844. That structure burned in 1862. The present brick church was built in 1873.

Adjacent to the church is the cemetery, which was also founded in 1830 with stones dating back to the 1840’s. Matt Smith maintained the church and cemetery for nearly 50 years before his death in 1969. A cousin of Abraham Lincoln is buried here, as well as founding church members, and confederate soldiers.

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