Bat Cave Baptist Church and Cemetery

Bat Cave Baptist church was organized July 16, 1892, after a two-week revival in the community. The early charter members came from older churches in the community, such as Chimney Rock Baptist, Broad River Baptist and others.
Almost all the graves date from the 20th century.
The oldest graves are those of Minnie Dodson who died Oct. 21, 1890, an infant of Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Hudgins who died 1897, and Leah W. Conner (1874-1899).
The headstones in the cemetery reflect the families who lived in this section of the county: Barnwell, Conner, Dotson (Dodson), Duvall, Freeman, Haydock, Hill, Hudgins, Lawter (Laughter), Sumner, Wilson and others.
Two men who served with Confederate regiments during the Civil War have grave sites in the cemetery.
Martin Fifer Dotson enlisted in the 25th N.C. Infantry Regiment, Co. H, Cane Creek Rifles, in 1861. He was captured at the Battle of Saylor’s Creek near Farmville, Va., during the Appomattox Campaign, confined at Newport News, Va., and released June, 27, 1865. He died in 1901.

Richard Hudgins enlisted in the 25th N.C. Infantry Regiment, Co. A, Edney’s Greys, in 1861. He was discharged Jan. 31, 1862. The reason for the discharge was not reported. He died in 1911. According to family records, his grave site is at this cemetery.