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Theological Seminary

Free Will Baptist Theological Seminary also known as Ayden Seminary

Eureka College

Hemby & Prescott unveil marker 1995

Picture of Dr. James Hemby and Mr. Wendell Prescott unveiling the marker, April 5, 1995


Two church-affiliated schools were once located in Ayden. Carolina Christian College, founded by Disciples of Christ and a predecessor of Barton College in Wilson, operated 4/10 mile northeast from 1893 to 1903. Free Will Baptists in 1896 founded Ayden Seminary 4/10 mile southeast. Later known as Eureka College, it closed in 1929. In 1951 the Free Will Baptists established University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive.

This marker was erected in the center of the town of Ayden, on the north side of NC 103 (Third Street) at its intersection with West Avenue between the Town Hall and the railroad tracks.