Churchland, North Carolina
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|ZIP codes||27299, 27292|
Churchland is an unincorporated community in Boone Township, Davidson County, North Carolina located along North Carolina Highway 150 southwest of Lexington, North Carolina. Churchland Baptist Church and Churchland Elementary School are centered in the Churchland community.
Churchland Baptist Church
Churchland Baptist Church's name has changed several times through the years. It was originally constituted May 17, 1837 by Elders Joseph Pickler and Josiah Wiseman, pastors of Fork Church and Jersey churches as the "Baptist Church of Christ at Piney Meeting House". Former pastors include Rev. J. O. Walton, Rev. Tony Gurgannus, Rev. Everette Chapman, Rev. Dale R. Martin, Rev. Dr. Paul Millwood, Dr. Stephen Martin, Rev. Noel Schoonmaker and Rev. Ray Nance Howell IV. For the 150th anniversary, the church history was published in a compilation titled Reflections, by Hugh E. Greene and Vernelle S. Greene.
Churchland Elementary School
The current site of Churchland Elementary School was originally Churchland High School until 1957 when the "new" West Davidson High School opened. Both are part of the Davidson County School System. The name and grades then changed to the elementary school. History has it that the original school on this site was founded in the early 1900s by Mr. Hasty. A detailed article can be found in the Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 1977 issue of Homespun, a Davidson County periodical.
Aside from a few small workshops and stores, the only major business located in Churchland is Orrell's Food Service. Orrell's is one of the largest food distributors in Central North Carolina with distribution all over the State and Southern Virginia. The business operates from its office and warehouse on Highway 150. Orrell's Cold Storage was founded in 1954 by the brothers, Herman and Roy Orrell. The 800-square-foot (74 m2) facility offered Custom Butchering and Processing of Beef and Pork. Within a couple of years Herman purchased Roy's interest in the business and in 1962 was joined by his son Tony who is President and CEO of Orrell's Food Service today.