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A historic church near Benton survives despite decades of inactivity

  • While hundreds of small country churches used to dot the countryside in Franklin County and throughout Southern Illinois, few have survived the years to remain as picturesque as Mt. Pleasant Church, located west of Benton near Valier.

    While hundreds of small country churches used to dot the countryside in Franklin County and throughout Southern Illinois, few have survived the years to remain as picturesque as Mt. Pleasant Church, located west of Benton near Valier.
    Photo by Ceasar Maragni

  • Among those buried at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery is Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer, the Franklin County native who passed away in 2011 following a long and successful career in country music.

    Among those buried at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery is Grand Ole Opry member Billy Grammer, the Franklin County native who passed away in 2011 following a long and successful career in country music.
    Photo by Ceasar Maragni

  • This roadside sign lets motorists know the historic old Mt. Pleasant Church is nearby.

    This roadside sign lets motorists know the historic old Mt. Pleasant Church is nearby.
    Photo by Ceasar Maragni

 
By Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writer
Posted on 4/11/2017, 5:00 AM