This paper examitles physical space as a symbol of intergenerational conflict in small communities as seen in an ethnographic study of the social position of elders in a rural American Appalachian church community in West Virginia. The history of the Appalachian region and in particular of this community has been characterized by constant tension between modernization and tradition. The growth of the community has left the church as the center of community activity, making it the rope in an intergenerational tug-of-war.