The Mt. Zion Communtity Church stands on a hill overlooking the Current River, just above Akers and just below the "Devil's Backbone" on K highway, in Shannon County. It was built on donated land from George and Jane Purcell back in the 1930s. Many Ozark families along the Current River- the Maggards, Purcells, Dooleys, Fergusons, Rileys, Summers, Howells, Hodgeses, Farrises, Stringers, Terrills, Medlocks, Greens- among others, would have attended this church for community events and more importantly to worship God in their beautiful countryside. It is built of native stone, gathered and placed by hand in the Ozark vernacular style of the early 1900s. It was completed in 1948.
Although it has stood the test of time, it is in need of major repairs to preserve it for the future. It is the last remaining building of its kind in the Upper Current River community. It is the best reminder that Akers, Rector, and Cedar Grove, Missouri were once vibrant, thriving communities back in the early 1900s.
The building stands on ground owned by the National Park Service, and belongs to the NPS, but due to lack of funding the building has deteriorated. The Ozark Riverways Foundation, along with a local community group "Friends of Mt Zion", are asking for your financial help with the restoration costs of this piece of tangible Ozark history estimated to be near $60,000.
It is our desire to preserve and protect Mt Zion for historical purposes, and to be enjoyed as a gathering spot for holiday celebrations, community celebrations and worship, visitor and tourists' point of interest and as an inspirational place along the beautiful upper Current River.
Your donation through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is appreciated. Or you can mail a donation to PO Box 1, Eminence, Missouri 65466, or visit www.ozarkriverwaysfoundation.org. Please tag your donations "Mt Zion".