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Bat Cave Baptist Church & Three-Cheese Macaroni

September 28, 2011

Driving out of Chimney Rock toward the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pass through Bat Cave, NC. Next, we pass a sign for Bat Cave Baptist Church. We had to stop, are you kidding!

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If the Caped Crusader is listed as pastor, the Boy Wonder as Music Minister & Alfred, the Head Usher, I wanted to see this. Who knows, maybe the Batmobile would be parked at the parsonage.

Bat Cave Baptist Church

Instead, what I found was a lovely old, white clapboard church on the top of a steep hill that looked out across the road to another steep hill.

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According to Bill, the custodian, grounds keeper & head usher (the resident Alfred, if you will), the church was founded in the 1880’s after a two-week tent revival led by members of another local Baptist church. It was determined that the folks around these parts needed a place for regular worship, so they built a small church by the side of the road.
(Interesting to me that this was about ten years before my great-grandfather left NC headed to Alabama to found a Baptist church in Marion County.)

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(The original Bat Cave Baptist Church)

After the turn of the century – the turn of the previous century – they built the white church on the hill, very early 1900’s & worshipped there until six years ago when they built the big building you can see in the background of the second photo.

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So, if you’e ever in the neighborhood, stop by, say hello to Bill for me & rest awhile on the front porch of the old church. They don’t mind at all.

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Three-Cheese Macaroni

So many of us Presbyterians grew up in Southern Baptist churches. Memories of casseroles come to mind when I think back, so here you are, an oldie.


  • 16 ounces Elbow Macaroni
  • 6 ounces Extra-sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 6 ounces Swiss Cheese, grated
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 5 crushed Saltine Crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni until just tender then drain.
  3. Pour half of macaroni into a buttered 2-quart (large) casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle half of cheddar & swiss cheeses over top.
  5. Mix egg & milk together, then pour enough to cover macaroni in the baking dish.
  6. Repeat using remaining macaroni, cheeses & milk mixture.
  7. Sprinkle crackers & parmesan on top.
  8. Bake, uncovered, 25 – 30 minutes until bubbly.
  • Allow to rest 10 – 15 minutes out of the oven before serving.
  • One Comment
    1. Pamalama permalink
      September 28, 2011 9:57 am

      That was just lovely.

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