On November 25, 1881 Shady Grove Baptist Church was organized under a brush arbor
near the site of the present church, located at 3240 Tryon Courthouse Road, Cherryville,
Mount Zion Baptist Church was the moving spirit as thirty-two charter members formed a
new Baptist church called Shady Grove. Home missionary, Reverend A. L. Stough preached
the first sermon using as his text, Acts 12:24, "The Word of God grew and multiplied". Trustees
elected by the Church were Mr. I. P. Hicks, Mr. Noah Mauney and Mr. M. L. Hullette.
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