Last week in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, I quickly stopped by a handful of older churches. Grace A.M.E. Zion shown above is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1901 after church members divided over the issue of alcohol and the pro-temperence side established this church. It’s a Gothic Revival brick building with a pair of uneven entry towers. Through the first few decades of the church it was the home for many considered the black elite of Charlotte (application file is also included below with additional history). Today, much of the surrounding area has been repurposed for city business and parking needs, so the church stands a little isolated compared to its early era.
Below is a smallish chapel just outside of the city core in what’s known as the Mill District for its history with the textile industry. Named Christ the King, it’s affiliated with the Episcopal church originally as a mission church and was built in 1921. There is a church history page online, so I’ll just leave a link here.
Two blocks over was another church I thought had an older look, but after looking online, it appears it only dates from the early 1950s as Duncan Memorial Methodist Church (pictured below). The Methodists abandoned the property to the city in 2008 and it has changed hands a couple of times since.
The last church of the morning was Seventh Street Presbyterian Church (below).
This church’s congregation formed in 1869 when former slaves looked to create their own worship groups. The brick, Gothic-Revival Church now in use began construction in 1894. The group eventually merged with another local Presbyterian congregation in the 1960s and is now known as the First United Presbyterian Church.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Wadsworth, Ohio is a Greek Revival church built in 1842. For the first four decades it belonged to the Congregational Church denomination that abandoned the building in 1892. The Mennonites bought the building and used it until 1960. In the 1970s it was added to the National Register while owned by the Episcopalians and services ended in the church in early 2022. More historical information is included in the file below.
Old Knupp Church is a historic church in Rittman, Ohio and was built in 1817. Over the years it was used by the Lutherans and Presbyterians during the circuit-riding period of the 1800s. Eventually those congregations expanded and moved to different locations and the church was used by a United Brethren group and then later the Methodists. For the past 50 years or so, it’s been used for community gatherings and weddings. It was locked, so the best I could do for the interior is a quick photo through a back window.
Still in Ohio and just up the road from the Kirtland Temple was Old South Church. It ‘s a Romanesque and Carpenter Gothic building built in 1859 and included on the National Register. Some information from the application is included below.
I was recently in Ohio and stopped by a handful of churches, including Kirtland Temple. The Gothic Revival building is a National Historic Landmark just outside of Cleveland. Joseph Smith said that he had a revelation and directed members to build a church here which was completed in 1836. A few photos of the interior are on this history page – https://www.kirtlandtemple.org/history. A file with the National Register application and full history is at the bottom of this post.
I was recently in Ohio and Indiana and passed through Aurora, Indiana. Aurora is a small town, but there were a handful of older churches including the pair on this page. Above is Aurora Methodist Episcopal Church, a Greek Revival church from around 1855-1862 listed on the National Register. It’s had a number of modifications over the years as described in the file below and is known today as First United Church.
Carthage, North Carolina is a small town in a more rural area in the central part of the state. Carthage Methodist Church (circa 1898-1900) and the adjacent cemetery (1850s) are in the middle of town and included on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is considered Victorian Gothic Revival and features a large corner tower. The small cemetery has burials through about 1920. More about the historic district is in the file included below.
This brick church for Good Hope Baptist in Wake County, North Carolina was built in the 1950s and so isn’t as old as most of the churches on the project, but it was on the way to the last post’s (Oaky Grove Church) location. An excerpt from a book on the church’s history is at this website. It was organized in 1878 as an offshoot from Hephzibah Baptist Church.
Near Shotwell, North Carolina is this old Methodist church on private land. South of Raleigh, the area peaked before the railroad shifted the population away from the area at the turn of the 20th century. The building dates from 1876 and was used until about 1949.
Buffalo Presbyterian Church is a Gothic Revival building in Sanford, North Carolina. Built in 1879, it’s the fourth used by the congregation and sits near the historic cemetery. The church organized in 1797 by the Highland Scot settlers to the area and is the oldest Presbyterian church in the county. It’s now listed on the National Register and more history is in the application document lower down.