The Cane Hill Presbyterian Church was presented the Excellence in Preservation through Restoration award by Preserve Arkansas at a virtual award ceremony on Friday, January 22, 2021. Kinco served as the construction manager for the project. It is one of multiple restoration projects that Kinco has performed for Historic Cane Hill, including the past award winning project Cane Hill College.
The Historic Cane Hill Presbyterian Church was built in 1891. Cane Hill has a rich history of religion, particularly with the Presbyterian faith. The first settlers of Cane Hill were Cumberland Presbyterians from Eastern Tennessee. At one time, there were three different Presbyterian congregations in Cane Hill; the Cane Hill congregation, the Mount Bethel congregation, and the one that continues to meet today, the Salem congregation.
The church was acquired in July of 2018 by Historic Cane Hill and has gone through a restoration. The current congregation continues to meet at their church. The church will eventually be available to rent for weddings and other special events.
Historic Cane Hill is dedicated to the Historic Preservation of Washington County Arkansas. They place their preservation efforts primarily to western Washington County and the area and communities around Cane Hill, AR. Historically, many of the small communities were an interwoven network that worked together, interacted with one another, and shared a sense of place.
Preserve Arkansas has a year-round commitment to preservation education, advocacy and assistance. Examples of the Preserve Arkansas’s programs include the announcement of Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places each May during Arkansas Heritage Month. Preserve Arkansas also hosts educational events and programs to bring together preservation professionals, professionals in related fields, and preservation-minded Arkansans for educational programs and conferences. Preserve Arkansas organizes Rambles each year where participants tour or “ramble” through a part of the state, visiting historic places along the way. Members and non-members alike also look forward to the Arkansas Preservation Awards held each January to commemorate distinguished service and excellence in craftsmanship as related to historic preservation. Through these and other programs, Preserve Arkansas is always involved in advocacy efforts throughout every part of the state.