The Bible and Gaston County

Opening Tuesday, September 15th in the Gathering Room Gallery


The Bible and Gaston County exhibit will be on view during our opening hours, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-5pm.

Registration is FREE-- Click here for tickets!


September 15 - November 27, 2020
The Gathering Room Gallery

Religion played an integral role in the history and development of Gaston County. As the textile industry began to shape the county and mill villages were forming, churches became a central gathering point for the community. From the 1940s onward, as mills began to shut down, several churches within those mill communities closed their doors. Despite this, religion has continued to have a strong presence in Gaston County, with over 100 active churches in the area today.

The Bibles and documents presented in the exhibit come from the museum’s permanent collection, and on loan from Belmont Abbey College, and St. Helen’s church in Gastonia. The exhibit showcases how the Bible, churches, and the communities surrounding them had a tremendous impact in the development of Gaston County. We invite you to view some of the oldest Bibles in Gaston County, learn about the history of the family Bible, and explore what the Bible represented to the diverse communities of faith.