The Union County Public Library in Monroe kicked off it's first of two Potluck History Walks this summer where people get a tour from local history librarian Patricia Poland who shares stories of Monroe's past while comparing to the present -- one of the stories is even spooky.
The tour goes through historical downtown and stops by First Presbyterian Church – a church that was once used by Methodists before 1874.
“When they moved they sold their wooden building to the Presbyterians,” Poland said. “About 1900 the Presbyterians wanted to build a nice, gothic church…according to legend there was a small cemetery here. Rather than destroy it or move it they literally build overtop of it and left it completely intact.
“The reason that we think this is the late-Charles Bivens as a young boy in the Boy Scouts crawled through the window at the bottom of the church…and what he saw were graves and tombstones…in 1968 when the red-brick gothic church was demolished so they could build the one they have today, I think the cemetery was completely forgotten about and they went on with the demolition and I think we lost a cemetery.”
Poland said she doesn’t have hard evidence to prove the story, but it’s just one story to spark conversation on a city with plenty of history.