The early religious history of Botetourt County is one of constant movement. Many groups – Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists – worshipped here. The designation as a “union” church is characteristic of rural nineteenth century American churches. The various religious groups represented in the community shared the responsibility of providing spiritual worship on alternating Sabbath days. This required ministers and preachers of union congregations to ride “circuits” comprised of several churches each, commonly completing one circuit every four or five weeks. Early documents refer to “tombstone schools” – a name possibly derived from the churches’ frequent use as an educational center and their close proximity to the adjacent graveyards. The church was located at the juncture of old Blacksburg Road (State Secondary Road No. 630) and Catawba Road (State Secondary Road No. 665) in the Haymaker area of Botetourt County. It was built in the Neoclassical or Greek revival style and reflects a meetinghouse form of architecture.