Cedar Springs Baptist Church (McDowell Cemetery)

Next to a bend in the Green River, with the tree-covered mountains looming in the background, church members, friends and relatives gather for the homecoming at Cedar Springs Baptist Church every year in July.
The grass on the banks of the river is freshly mowed in anticipation of the annual Sunday afternoon gathering. The long tables are lined up under the tall shade trees and overflow with home-cooked food.
An annual shape-note singing follows the meal at the church located on Green River Road.

“Seven generations of Maybin and Capps descendants attend this church,” said Theron Maybin, one of those descendants.
The church was organized in 1847 by the ancestors of most of the people who gather each Sunday and each July at the church.
“I estimate 90 percent of the church has Capps or Maybin in them,” Maybin said. “Or they married into the Capps and Maybin families.”
John Maybin, one of the sons of Revolutionary War soldier Matthew Maybin, was the moderator when Cedar Springs Baptist Church was organized. George Capps, a son of Revolutionary War veteran William Capps, was one of the first church clerks.
The early church was formed from the Green River Baptist Church. The first church members met at the early Rock Creek School, a one-room school on Rock Creek Road.
The first church was built about one and a half miles from the site of the present church.  This church was used about 50 years. About 1897 a church building was built near where the present church is located. In 1968 a brick church was erected.
Cedar Springs Baptist Church is now maintaining and using an old cemetery in the community on Maybin Road. The cemetery is located about four miles up Rock Creek Road from Green River Road. To get to the cemetery, turn left on Maybin Road off Rock Creek Road.
The oldest grave stones are those of Alfred McDowell, 1815-1899, and his wife, Charlotte. Descendants of the couple also have grave sites within the cemetery.
There are at least 11 unmarked field stones located in the cemetery.
Other persons with the surnames of Capps and Maybin have grave sites in the cemetery.