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Samuel Dale House

Samuel Dale, (1741-1804) a prominent early politician in the area, lived on an estate about four miles from the Buffalo Presbyterian Church. His house is currently a museum operated by the Union County Historical Society. Dale was a Scots-Irish immigrant, and also an Elder at the Buffalo Church, and was undoubtedly an acquaintance of Nathaniel Strayhorn. The docents at the Dale house told me that the Presbyterians valued education very highly, and were thus not adverse to slave labor so as to afford time to read and study, as opposed to the Germans, who generally worked the land personally. And while Dale was indeed a slave owner, there is no evidence that any Strayhorns owned slaves in Union County or anywhere else. The docents claim that the Buffalo Church congregation were referred to as the "Silk Church People" by non-Presbyterians.
Photo courtesy Gary Zentmyer


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