In the 1960s book written by Alonzo Green, a local teacher and minister tells the story of an Artifact of the Newcomerstown area.
Green collected stories of folks in the early days of Southern Ohio. One such story in Green's book, " Tales of the Buckeye Hills," tells a story in the first chapter of his book titled, "Sacrilege in a Log Meeting House."
As the story goes, three hoodlums spilled blood upon the Bible of the founding pastor of the Earley's church, bringing the wrath of God upon the perpetrators.
The church was located south of Newcomerstown just inside the Guernsey County line and was built in the early 1800s.
The old Bible with the blood stains has been preserved by many descendants and generations of various members of the little church's congregation.
The old blood-stained Bible is still readable today and proudly being cared for by Jim Rogers of Orville. He is a relative of the descendant family of the church. As part of the upcoming Living History presentation by the Newcomerstown Historical Society, Rogers has agreed to loan the Bible for exhibition at the Olde Main Street Museum, located at 213 W. Canal St., Newcomerstown.
The exhibition can be viewed during the dinner show on March 20, 21, and 22 at 6:30 p.m.
For information and reservations, visit the Newcomerstown Historical Society on Facebook or call 498-7735.
For information on viewing the Bible at times other than the show, call Harley Dakin, historian for the Newcomerstown Historical Society, 498-5636.