Fair Grove Methodist Church is located in southern Randolph County in Why Not, North Carolina. Organized around 1859, it was known as Mt. Moriah Church. The log church was constructed near the site of the historical Plank Road and was burned during the Civil War. In 1870 a new church was constructed and named Fair Grove because of its location in a grove of oak trees. Construction began on the present church building in 1900 and completed in 1902. Fair Grove served the Why Not Community until it was closed by the Methodist Conference in 1935.
The Why Not Memorial Association, a volunteer association, was organized in 1936 and continues to maintain and preserve the church and grounds.
On a very cold evening in December we attended an Old Fashion Christmas Service at the Fair Grove Methodist Church in Why Not, NC. The church is without a heating system but the spirit of those in attendance, mingled with the aroma of ginger cookies and hot cider, spilled over a warmth that even central heat could not provide-
We were “Welcomed” to the service followed by an opening prayer.
O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels were sung by the congregation.
Special music was performed by the Strings of Pearls, The Pioneers and a choir of area singers.
Go Tell It On The Mountain was sung by “all” and a closing prayer-
An Old Fashion Service-Friends and neighbors gathering to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas-
Held the first Sunday night in December-open to the public-