"The Oldest Village in Greene County"
Located 8 miles north of Springfield in southwest Missouri, Ebenezer was settled by the pioneering movement of the early 1800's. Most notably by the widow, Elizabeth Robberson of Tennessee and her 14 children. Although there were already settlers in the area upon their arrival, the Robberson's became the largest landowners, hence the namesakes of the township named Ebenezer for the scripture and were instrumental in the organization and establishment of the first Ebenezer Class. It is quite possible they introduced Methodism to the village by way of the circuit rider, James H. Slavens in 1831.
1904 Map of Ebenezer
This plat shows how Farm Road 56 was before it was re-routed on the Southside of the church property. Courtesy of Greene County Archives
Hello Ebenezer! First of all, I want to personally thank all of our followers for their wonderful support! Your inputs, photos, and personal recollections have helped us tremendously in putting together the amazing history of the, "Oldest Village in Greene County". Keep "em" coming. We can always be reached through the website: , our Facebook page: Facebook.com/EbenezerHistorical, or through our phone number (417) 894-9854. We look forward to hearing from you!
Now for updates on what we have been doing:
1. The Ebenezer Historical Society has been gifted the Ebenezer schoolhouse by the Pinegar family. We are so very grateful to them, especially Ed Pinegar, who recently passed away, and the entire Pinegar family for their donation. We are excited to begin the journey ahead to bring this landmark back to its original glory. The community of Ebenezer built this brick structure after the old wood schoolhouse burned down. Please bear with us as we move along, your help will be important! We will soon install a fence across the property to limit access. This is required to do so, in accordance with our insurance's liability clause.
2. The Judge Elisha Headlee cabin logs are still stored in a dry location. All of the required replacement logs are ready to go to a sawmill in Fair Grove, but due to the Covid Pandemic everything is on-hold. To date, we have received $600 in donations through the Go Fund Me and Facebook campaigns. On a further note, the cabin will be reassembled on the newly acquired schoolhouse property.
3. We have updated the website and Facebook pages with an incredible amount of local historical information. We are actively working to get Ebenezer dedicated as a Historic District by the Greene County Historic Sites Board.
Very soon the EHS will be soliciting for anyone who would like to become a part of the Executive Board. Positions that need to be filled are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. If you are interested, please let us know. The Executive Board members are critical for the day-to-day operations of the organization. For more information on the duties for these positions, please refer to the EHS bylaws which are posted here on our site, in PDF format, under "More".
We are also soliciting for Committee members to fill the positions of: Information Management, Operations Management, and Public Relations/Fund Raising/Social Media areas. If interested, please let us know.
Once again, as Director of the Ebenezer Historical Society, and an Ebenezer Community member, I thank you for all you do, and your support. We look forward to hearing from you.
Laura K Nichols
Ebenezer Historical Society