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PeachTree Community Church
Maggie Valley, NC

Peachtree United Methodist Church

The History of PeachTree Community Church

The Peachtree Church was born in the minds of Clarence Mehaffey and his son, Paul. In 1926 the residents of this thriving community recognized the need for a neighborhood school. Paul Mehaffey conferred with neighborhood parents and then petitioned the Haywood County Board of Education to set about completing the procurement of land and construction materials.

Crockett Campbell donated the necessary property, and Paul Mehaffey worked with the Haywood County Commissioners to secure the lumber from Waynesville's Suncrest Lumber Company for the construction of the school. The new school was a simple, one-room frame edifice, big enough to accommodate three dozen children. Clarence Mehaffey served in its construction as a carpenter and a foreman. The Rev. John Finger completed the masonry while the labor came from Frank Mehaffey, Bea Massie, Dick Sutton, and many parents within the community. The school's first teacher was Waynesville attorney, Frank Ferguson.

Shortly thereafter, Paul Mehaffey returned to the Board of Education and obtained permission to use the new school property for the Methodist Church School and Worship Services. For seven years, the building doubled as an annex to both the Maggie School and the Maggie Methodist Church. The Rev. D.H. Dennis was our first pastor and Paul Mehaffey served as initial Church School Superintendent. The first trustees of the property were Allen Fie, Jarvis Rathbone, and Frank Mehaffey. The Rev. John Finger and the Rev. Charles Evans conducted the first revival at the Church.

Moving forward, in 1933, the need for a neighborhood school diminished and local Methodists and Baptists purchased the land and building for the Peachtree Methodist and Missionary Baptist Church. The dual fellowship lasted for 21 years with Methodists and Baptists worshipping together and hearing each other's preachers on alternate Sundays. The Baptists parted ways to their own church building in 1954, and PeachTree Community Church was assigned to the Shady Grove Charge.

Moving forward, capital improvements on what is now PeachTree Community Church include the sanctuary remodeling and the addition of three small classrooms in 1949. In 1969 construction of the Keith Dale Mehaffey Memorial Fellowship Building was completed. The latter, named in honor of one of our young churchmen who was killed in Vietnam, this area serves the church as a classroom building and the community as a fellowship hall.

In 2002, under the direction of Rev. David Reeves with Tim Carver Construction doing the work, we started another construction project which included an addition of two wings to the sanctuary, four larger classrooms, and two new bathrooms.  In the end, with donations from our church family and friends, the loan for this expansion was paid off in three years.

With that being said, our congregation at Peachtree Community Church in Maggie Valley, NC welcomes you and invites you to come and worship with us. 


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Pastor: Jon Snyder

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