State Register of Historic Places
Birthplace of “Old Rugged Cross” informational designation, ID Number P22682
Significant Dates: 1913
State Register Listed: 05/01/1959
Marker Erected: 09/25/1959
BIRTHPLACE OF “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS” | “TheOld Rugged Cross,” one of the world’s best-loved hymns,was composed here in 1913 by the Reverend GeorgeBennard (1873-1958). The son of an Ohio coal miner,Bennard was a lifelong servant of God, chiefly in theMethodist ministry. He wrote the words and music of over300 other hymns. None achieved the fame of “The OldRugged Cross,” the moving summation of his faith. “I’llcherish the Old Rugged Cross, Till my trophies at last I laydown; I will cling to the Old Rugged Cross, And exchangeit some day for a crown.”
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